My review of crash: A Mother, a Son, and the Journey from Grief to Gratitude by Carolyn Roy-Bornstein is up at The Internet Review of Books. Roy-Bornstein writes with a mother's heart but it was her professional knowledge as a nurse-turned-pediatrician that kept me turning the page -- you'll want to carve out an entire evening to savor Roy-Bornstein’s story and to contemplate the meaning of grace.
From my review:
crash offers readers an intimate look at one moment that occurred in January, 2003. The book is a mother's memoir but equally importantly, it's a call to action every parent should hear.
Author Carolyn Roy-Bornstein writes:
There is one moment after which nothing is the same... Here, in that moment, blood that should be contained within the intimal walls of the brain's blood vessels instead seeps beyond them through a rent... In this moment the skull has careened through space and collided with glass, forming the crack that now divides my life in two.
That moment is this: Neil Bornstein is walking his girlfriend, Trista, home shortly after dinner on a cold Tuesday night. They're hit from behind by a speeding car that's crossed the center line. The drunk driver continues down the street, flips the car a few hundred feet later, and attempts to run away. He's not much older than Neil and Trista and is ultimately charged with manslaughter, vehicular homicide, leaving the scene of an accident, operating under the influence, and possession of a Class D substance.
Read the entire review here.