Julia Spencer takes the reader into her dreams, her fears, her hopes, her deepest private thoughts, and her most candid responses to her shrinking visual world. With humor and a feisty yet surprisingly gentle attitude, she begins to accept vision loss, welcoming her guide dog, Irene, into her life and discovering through that keyhole-sized remnant of vision a deeper understanding of her husband and family and world. The confines of her vision loss cannot restrain the vibrant energy and independence of this remarkable woman. Anyone struggling with a life altering condition will find this story inspiring and motivating.
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Intense, clear and unself-pitying memior of change
The way we see ourselves is the way other see us
Julia, obviously, but the others in her world - her husband, children, grandchildren, trainers at the Seeing Eye... Many of the characters who populate her world are kind and understanding, and wrestle with the implications of vision loss. As someone who has been visually impaired all her life, I can relate surprisingly well to a woman who led a full primarily-sighted life into her fifties. Some of her comments and self-discoveries hvae taken some of my own questions, filed away the jagged edges, and given me my own perspectives and questions.
I haven't. She was a wonderful narrator choice. Another reviewer has stated that it was like having Julia Spencer narrate her own thoughts to me, and I echo that sentiment.
I loved the descriptions of guide dog training. Having lived it myself, I could relate immensely to it, but I found that it took over almost 1/3 of the book, which was quite a bit longer than necessary. Beyond that, this book was a great look at vision loss... but it's more than that. It's a journey of self-discovery, well worth the read.