The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found

The Beauty of Dusk: On Vision Lost and Found

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From New York Times columnist and bestselling author Frank Bruni comes “a book about vision loss that becomes testimony to human courage, a moving memoir that offers perspective, comfort, and hope” (Booklist, starred review).

One morning in late 2017, New York Times columnist Frank Bruni woke up with strangely blurred vision. He wondered at first if some goo or gunk had worked its way into his right eye. But this was no fleeting annoyance, no fixable inconvenience. Overnight, a rare stroke had cut off blood to one of his optic nerves, rendering him functionally blind in that eye—forever. And he soon learned from doctors that the same disorder could ravage his left eye, too. He could lose his sight altogether.

In The Beauty of Dusk, Bruni beautifully recounts his adjustment to this daunting reality, a medical and spiritual odyssey that involved not only reappraising his own priorities but also reaching out to, and gathering wisdom from, longtime friends and new acquaintances who had navigated their own traumas and afflictions.

The result is a poignant, probing, and ultimately uplifting examination of the limits that all of us inevitably encounter, the lenses through which we choose to evaluate them and the tools we have for perseverance. Bruni’s world blurred in one sense but sharpened in another. He experienced his first real inklings that the day isn't forever and that light inexorably fades. The Beauty of Dusk shows readers how he found meaning in that—and how to approach aging and mortality with joy.

ISBN: 9781982108588

Published Date: February 7, 2023

Publisher: Avid Reader Press

Language: English

Page Count: 306

Size: 8.17" l x 5.50" w x 1.07" h