I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death

We are never closer to life than when we brush up against the possibility of death.

I Am, I Am, I Am is Maggie O'Farrell's astonishing memoir of the near-death experiences that have punctuated and defined her life. The childhood illness that left her bedridden for a year, which she was not expected to survive. A teenage yearning to escape that nearly ended in disaster. An encounter with a disturbed man on a remote path. And, most terrifying of all, an ongoing, daily struggle to protect her daughter--for whom this book was written--from a condition that leaves her unimaginably vulnerable to life's myriad dangers.

Seventeen discrete encounters with Maggie at different ages, in different locations, reveal a whole life in a series of tense, visceral snapshots. In taut prose that vibrates with electricity and restrained emotion, O'Farrell captures the perils running just beneath the surface, and illuminates the preciousness, beauty, and mysteries of life itself.

Title:I Am, I Am, I Am: Seventeen Brushes with Death
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780525520221
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  • Angela M

    I have read three of her novels and count Maggie O’Farrell as one of my favorite writers and I know I have to get to those that I haven’t read. This memoir is as beautifully written as her novels....

  • karen

    oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best memoir/autobiography 2018! what will happen?At the time, I gaze up at the sky, the birds, the fast-moving clouds, and I am thinking about the dense ...

  • Debbie

    OMG OMG OMG! Pogo stick time!Dear Maggie O’Farrell,I’m bouncing high, zigzagging through your 17 brushes with death. Barefoot because my socks were knocked off. I can’t stop! Yep, I’m downrigh...

  • Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters

    Unless a ‘memoir’ literally shifts me -changes my thinking - transforms me in some major way - I tend to retreat to my standard 3 star rating.I didn’t equally ‘enjoy’ each story in this coll...

  • Amalia Gavea

    ‘’There is nothing unique or special in a near-death experience. They are not rare; everyone, I would venture, has had them, at one time or another, perhaps without even realising it.’’ How d...

  • Candi

    "We are, all of us, wandering about in a state of oblivion, borrowing our time, seizing our days, escaping our fates, slipping through loopholes, unaware of when the axe may fall."One day early in Feb...

  • Diane S ?

    Love her fiction so wanting to read her memoir was a no brainier. A different take for sure as she recounts the near death experiences she has encountered in her life. Reading this made me think of al...

  • Esil

    I have never read any of Maggie O’Farrell’s fiction. It is not for lack of good intentions. I have certainly heard good things about her writing, which is what made me jump at chance to read an ad...

  • Lucy Langford

    4****"We are, all of us, wandering about in a state of oblivion, borrowing our time, seizing our days, escaping our fates, slipping through loopholes, unaware of when the axe may fall.”This is the m...

  • JanB

    The author has certainly led an interesting and adventurous life! This book is a series of essays, all related to her near brushes with death and uniquely titled according to the body part that nearly...