Asheville, NC, March 24, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- This work won the American Society of Authors and Journalists 2013 Award for Memoir/Autobiography. The book also received Honorable Mentions in the following book festivals: 2013 Los Angeles Book Festival, Great Southwest Book Fest, Great Southeast Book Fest, and the Great Northwest Book Festival.
With and Without Her is a story that, when told directly, shuts people up, the kind of story that drives people to change the subject, or cross the street when they see the teller coming. In 1949, author Dorothy Foltz-Gray and her identical twin sister, Deane, were born. In 1981, Deane, then a psychologist, was fatally shot by one of her patients. In the years between, the pair formed an almost supernaturally close bond, one so intimate that at times, their memories fused and their individual identities dimmed.
Here, Foltz-Gray, an award-winning poet and journalist, recounts not only the extraordinary phenomenon of growing up in a world that could not distinguish her from another human being, but also the struggle to survive the loss of her twin. Foltz-Gray describes the imagined womb life she and her sister shared, their childhood and family, and their dreams of sharing each other's lives. She also details the nightmare of her sister's death, its immediate aftermath, and her attempts to recover her self.
With and Without Her is the story of what happens when a life divides into before and after. It is a story of identity and individuation, confusion and competition, intimacy and separation, violence and murder. Most of all, it is the story of loss and survival.
The book is available in print and ebook format.
With and Without Her: A Memoir of Being and Losing a Twin
Author: Dorothy Foltz-Gray
Published: October 2012
About The Author:
Dorothy Foltz-Gray has been a freelance writer and editor specializing in health, fitness, food, and personal essays for 18 years. A former editor of books and magazines at Whittle Communications in Knoxville, Tennessee, she is also the author of Clean Sweep; Make Pain Disappear; Alternative Treatments for Arthritis: An A to Z Guide; and co-author of Food Cures. Her work has appeared in More; O, The Oprah Magazine; Reader's Digest; Redbook; Good Housekeeping ; Parenting; Prevention; Real Simple; Woman's Day; Bon Appetit; Cooking Light; Health; Ladies Home Journal; and others. She is a winner of the American Society of Journalists and Authors 2013 Prize for Memoir/Autobiography, the Tennessee Arts Commission Fellowship for Poetry, among other prizes. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina, with her husband, Dan.
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