With or Without You by Domenica Ruta audiobook

With or Without You: A Memoir

By Domenica Ruta
Read by Domenica Ruta

Random House Audio, Bolinda Audio 9780812993240
7.22 Hours 1
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With or Without You is a poignant, moving and uplifting tale from the best-selling author, Drew Davies. Wendy’s life can be neatly divided into two: before and after. Before her husband’s car accident, it was just the two of them. They never took the train at rush hour, and they avoided their noisy neighbour upstairs. Naveem devoted his spare time to vintage train models, and Wendy to re-reading the well-thumbed pages of her favourite books. It didn’t matter what others thought about their small, quiet life together - they were happy. After the coma, Wendy barely recognises herself. When she’s not holding the love of her life’s hand, accompanied by the beep of the life-support machine, who is she? The nurse tells her to talk to Naveem - that he can still hear her - but she doesn’t have a single thing to say. Knowing that every breath her husband takes might be his last, Wendy has no choice but to try to carry on without him. Should she feel guilty about living while his life is on pause? And when - if - he wakes up, will he still love the woman she has become?

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A 2013 New York Times Editor’s Choice

A 2013 Entertainment Weekly Best Book for Nonfiction

Third-Place Winner of the 2013 Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Nonfiction

Selected for the March 2013 Indie Next List

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for March 2013

With or Without You is a poignant, moving and uplifting tale from the best-selling author, Drew Davies.

Wendy’s life can be neatly divided into two: before and after.

Before her husband’s car accident, it was just the two of them. They never took the train at rush hour, and they avoided their noisy neighbour upstairs. Naveem devoted his spare time to vintage train models, and Wendy to re-reading the well-thumbed pages of her favourite books. It didn’t matter what others thought about their small, quiet life together - they were happy.

After the coma, Wendy barely recognises herself. When she’s not holding the love of her life’s hand, accompanied by the beep of the life-support machine, who is she? The nurse tells her to talk to Naveem - that he can still hear her - but she doesn’t have a single thing to say.

Knowing that every breath her husband takes might be his last, Wendy has no choice but to try to carry on without him. Should she feel guilty about living while his life is on pause? And when - if - he wakes up, will he still love the woman she has become?

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“‘Make it new,’ Ezra Pound directed, and Domenica Ruta has…With or Without You is that rare thing, a story you think you know transformed into one you have to read to the end.” Kathryn Harrison, New York Times bestselling author
“Freakishly brilliant, brilliantly freakish, this is one of the best memoirs I have ever read. Domenica Ruta has done something every artist with a failed family must do: She has created herself.” Gary Shteyngart, New York Times bestselling author
“The intensity of the clear-eyed manner in which Ruta conveys her abiding frustration with the parents who failed their child so casually and monumentally is exceedingly powerful stuff.” Booklist
“A sharp portrayal of recovery from a lifetime of pitfalls and the love that held it all together.” Kirkus Reviews
“In the world of memoir, Mary Karr’s and Geoffrey Wolff’s exceptional books burn and brighten, like actual stars among strings of tinsel. With or Without You is like that. I will read whatever Domenica Ruta writes.” Amy Bloom, New York Times bestselling author
“Too often the memoir category sacrifices good writing to the quick pulse of the storyline, but Domenica Ruta is a real and excellent writer who has language by the throat. She writes with big beauty, deep respect for language, and drives her story with huge humanism, empathy, and humor.” Gabrielle Hamilton, New York Times bestselling author
“Stunning…Comes across as a bleaker, funnier, R-rated version of The Glass Castle.” Entertainment Weekly
“Gloriously gutsy memory-work.” Elle
“This book is a luminous, layered accomplishment.” New York Times Book Review
“Powerful…wicked funny…Ruta writes with unflinching honesty.” Slate
“Valiant and heartbreaking.” Bust
 “A rare, unfeigned mother-daughter story.” Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

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Author

Author Bio: Domenica Ruta

Author Bio: Domenica Ruta

Domenica Ruta was born and raised in Danvers, Massachusetts. She is a graduate of Oberlin College and holds an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin. She was a finalist for the Keene Prize for Literature and has been awarded residencies at Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Blue Mountain Center, Jentel, and Hedgebrook.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.22
Audience: Adult
Language: English