Sanctuary of Illness: A Memoir of Heart Disease

By Thomas Larson

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Page count: 160

ISBN: 978-0-9768813-8-4 (Paperback)

Pub Date: January 2014

Price: $15

Category: Health Care

Foreign rights available: World

He draws a lyrical connection between his literal heart’s sanctuary within his body and his metaphorical heart’s sanctuary in the company of those he loves.”
—Jessica Handler, TriQuarterly Review

“That the conscious acknowledgment of love, in addition to diet and exercise, heals the heart should come as no surprise, but Larson writes of his emotional growth without sentimentality. Larson makes clear that emotional awareness helps a damaged heart to keep beating.”
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We all know someone who has suffered a heart attack. But how often do we learn the intimate, potentially life-saving details that accompany coronary disease? In The Sanctuary of Illness, Thomas Larson gives a powerful and personal inside tour of what happens when our arteries fail. He chronicles the three heart attacks in five years that he survived, and the emergency surgeries that saved his life each time. Slowly waking up to the genetic legacy and dangerous diet that pushed him to the brink, he reveals a path to healing that he and his partner, Suzanna, discovered together. Told with urgency and sensitivity, The Sanctuary of Illness is a subtle reminder that heart disease seldom affects just one heart.

TL Aug 2013 3Journalist, critic, and memoirist, Thomas Larson has been a staff writer for the San Diego Reader for fifteen years. His books include The Memoir and the Memoirist and The Saddest Music Ever Written: The Story of Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings.” He is also a creative nonfiction instructor at Ashland University in Ohio.

Contact Tom or visit his blog about writing here.