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I Live a Life Like Yours

Nonfiction: Memoir
Unabridged   10 hour(s)
Publication date: 08/17/2021

I Live a Life Like Yours

A Memoir

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696606585


A brilliantly rendered essayistic autobiography from an award-winning Norwegian author about life in a vulnerable body.

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Jan Grue was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at the age of three. Shifting between specific periods of his life—his youth with his parents and sister in Norway; his years of study in Berkeley, St. Petersburg, and Amsterdam; and his current life as a professor, husband, and father—he intersperses these histories with elegant, astonishingly wise reflections on the world, social structures, disability, loss, relationships, and the body: in short, on what it means to be human. Along the way, Grue moves effortlessly between his own story and those of others, incorporating reflections on philosophy, film, art, and the work of writers from Joan Didion to Michael Foucault.

I Live a Life Like Yours is a love story. It is rich with loss, sorrow, and joy, and with the details of one life: a girlfriend pushing Grue through the airport and forgetting him next to the baggage claim; schoolmates forming a chain behind his wheelchair on the ice one winter day; his parents writing desperate letters in search of proper treatment for their son; his own young son climbing into his lap as he sits in his wheelchair, only to leap down and run away too quickly to catch. It is a story about accepting one's own body and limitations, and learning to love life as it is while remaining open to hope and discovery.


“Norwegian novelist Grue (The Best of All Possible Worlds) elegantly flows between memoir, essay, and intellectual discourse in this magnificent story about living with a disability." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“A sensitive examination of the meaning of disability . . . Frank and often moving . . . Absorbing, insightful reflections on being human.” ―Kirkus Starred Review

"A quietly brilliant book that warms slowly in the hands.” —Dwight Garner, New York Times

Author Bio

Jan Grue is the author of a wide-ranging body of work in fiction, nonfiction, children's books, and academic literature. I Live a Life Like Yours was published in 2018 in Norway, where it won the Norwegian Critics Prize for Literature and was nominated to the Nordic Council's Literature Prize.