The Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times bestselling author of Let’s Take the Long Way Home
now gives us a stunning, exquisitely written memoir about a dramatic
turning point in her life, which unexpectedly opened up a world of
understanding, possibility, and connection. New Life, No Instructions is about the surprising way life can begin again, at any age.
do you do when the story changes in midlife? When a tale you have told
yourself turns out to be a little untrue, just enough to throw the world
off-kilter? It’s like leaving the train at the wrong stop: You are
still you, but in a new place, there by accident or grace, and you will
need your wits about you to proceed.
that matters, or takes, begins as immeasurably small. Then it
accumulates, moss on stone, and after a few thousand years of not
interfering, you have a glen, or a waterfall, or a field of hope where
sorrow used to be.
“I suppose all of us consider
our loved ones extraordinary; that is one of the elixirs of attachment.
But over the months of pain and disrepair of that winter, I felt
something that made the grimness tolerable: I felt blessed by the tribe I
was part of. Here I was, supposedly solo, and the real truth was that I
had a force field of connection surrounding me.
of all I told this story because I wanted to say something about hope
and the absence of it, and how we keep going anyway. About second
chances, and how they’re sometimes buried amid the dross, even when
you’re poised for the downhill grade. The narrative can always turn out
to be a different story from what you expected.” Download and start listening now!