Abigail Thomas’s books are glimpses of a well-lived life, each one containing
scenes of wise, vivid prose that replicate the inconsistency of memory:
“Life doesn’t arrange itself conveniently into chapters, not mine anyway,”
writes Thomas about her writing process.”You can’t just slice it neatly into segments.
My truth doesn’t travel in a straight line, it zigzags, detours, doubles back.
Most truths I have to learn over and over again.”
This chapterless style of hers is best displayed in
Safekeeping, but it’s also here in her latest work, a memoir of her
husband’s traumatic brain injury and her struggles with the associated guilt and gratitude:
A Three-Dog Life
By Abigail Thomas
Author describes rebuilding her life after her husband was institutionalized
for a traumatic brain injury he sustained when a car hit him in 2000. Thomas
reflects on the evolution of their relationship and how she copes with help
from family, friends, knitting, and her three dogs: Rosie, Harry, and Carolina. 2006.