The Museum of Words : a memoir of language, writing, and mortality
by Georgia Blain
Editor: Scribe Publications
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In late 2015, Georgia Blain was diagnosed with a tumor sitting right in the language center of his brainBefore that, Georgia was only a warning had been a niggling sense that his speech was slightly crookedShe ignored it, and on a beautiful spring day, while she was mowing the lawn, she collapsed on a bed of flowers, blood, foaming to her mouthWaking up to be in the back of an ambulance, being taken to hospital, she tries to answer questions, but is unable to speakAfter the shock of a gloomy prognosis and a long, exhausting treatment schedule, she immediately turns to writing to reconstruct her language and herselfAt the same time, his mother, Anne Deveson, is moving into a nursing home with Alzheimer’s disease; weeks earlier, his best friend and mentor, he had been diagnosed with the same brain tumorThey are all three writers, with the language in the depths of their beingThe Words Museum is a meditation on writing, reading, the first words and the last words, picking up thread after thread, because it is inspired by each story to become much more narrativeThis singular and deeply personal memory is a writer to take on how language shapes us, and how often we take for granted – until we are in danger of losing it.
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