While checking my twitter feed, I happened on a link to a book with a message; What would you do if your doctor told you you'd go blind in 6 weeks?
I immediately responded-"Been there, Done that"
I purchased the book: Blue Sun, Yellow Sky, by Jamie Hoang
Hoang's work immediately drew me in. Her story is not the struggle of a sighted person to become blind. It is the struggle each of us has when our ever changing lives surprise us and we must dig in our heels and dream a better dream.
Through Aubrey's travels with her best friend around the world, Hoang lets us see the complex, and yet at times distant worries Aubrey is avoiding. Her heart, her career, her future are always part of the journey and her friends guide and support her along the way, but Blue Sun, Yellow Sky is a poignant tale of a woman becoming. Her struggles result from a devastating diagnosis from her doctors but her life emerges from her courage, heartbreaks, and stubbornness to be more than a traditional 'blind person'
Her descriptions and character development were natural during the journey and the ending seemed more like real life to me, than a fictionalized 'Happy Ending' offered by most women's literature.
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To watch the book trailer go to: http://youtu.be/v88OEMO15kI
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Hailed as “One of the best technical painters of our time” by an L.A. Times critic, 27 year-old, Aubrey Johnson's work is finally gaining traction. But
as she weaves through what should be a celebration of her art, a single nagging echo of her doctor’s words refuses to stay silent—there is no cure. In
less than eight weeks Aubrey is going blind.
Traveling on a one-way ticket around the world with childhood friend Jeff Anderson, Aubrey is in complete denial. But a blindfolded game of tasting foreign
foods in China jolts her into confronting the reality of her situation. So begins her quest.
In this adult coming of age story, Aubrey struggles to make sense of her crippling diagnosis. But on her journey she finds a deeper understanding of herself
and her life—sometimes fragmented and complex, but always with relentless truth.
By the way...Happy Birthday Jamie!