At nineteen years old, Nicole C. Kear’s biggest concern is
choosing a major—until she walks into a doctor’s office in midtown Manhattan
and gets a life-changing diagnosis. She is going blind, courtesy of an eye
disease called retinitis pigmentosa, and has only a decade or so before lights-out.
Instead of making preparations as the doctor suggests, Kear decides to carpe
diem and make the most of the vision she has left. She joins a circus school,
tears through boyfriends, travels the world, and through all these high jinks, she
keeps her vision loss a secret.
When Kear becomes a mother, just a few years shy of her
vision’s expiration date, she amends her carpe diem strategy, giving up
recklessness in order to relish every moment with her kids. Her secret, though,
is harder to surrender—and as her vision deteriorates, harder to keep hidden.
As her world grows blurred, one thing becomes clear: no matter how hard she
fights, she won’t win the battle against blindness. But if she comes clean with
her secret, and comes to terms with the loss, she can still win her happy
Told with humor and irreverence, Now I See You is an uplifting story about refusing to cower at
life’s curveballs, about the power of love to triumph over fear. But at its
core, it’s a story about acceptance: facing the truths that just won’t go away
and facing yourself, broken parts and all.
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