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Publishers Weekly: Starred Review for ‘Beauty in the Broken Places’

In this powerful and immersive memoir, Pataki relives the harrowing year that followed her husband’s stroke in June 2015.

“Does my right eye look weird?” 30-year-old Dave Levy asked his pregnant wife, novelist Pataki (The Accidental Empress), during a flight to Hawaii. Levy soon fell into a coma; he awakened the next day outwardly unchanged, but a part of his brain that coordinated mental activity had been severely damaged. Suffering from amnesia, he seemed like a different person to Pataki.

“It was scary to see my brilliant husband’s body and mind kidnapped by this new, helpless, disoriented foreigner.” She began writing him daily letters to her husband…Click here to read the full review on Publishers Weekly.

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