I Live a Life Like Yours

A Memoir

Jan Grue
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A profoundly beautiful memoir about living in a vulnerable body, fiercely and tenderly rewriting our understanding of relationships and desire.

I am not talking about surviving... I am not talking about becoming human, but about how I came to realize that I had always been human. I am writing about all I wanted to have, and how I got it. I am writing about what it cost, and how I was able to afford it.

Jan Grue was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy at the age of three and began using a wheelchair not long after. In this lyrical memoir, he uncovers what it means to have lived, and to continue to live, in a body that the world struggles to accept as normal.

Writing with humour and bracing frankness, Grue draws from art, fiction and criticism to forge a literary language that can tell his story. He revises the clinical definitions of his childhood medical records, undoing their definition of his body as defective. He writes movingly of his love for his wife Ida, and the endless possibilities that he perceives in their young son. Unflinching yet always compassionate, I Live A Life Like Yours is a groundbreaking memoir that fiercely and tenderly rewrites our understanding of the body, relationships and family.

'Humbling, dark, bright, defiant, generous and...revolutionary' - David Mitchell

'An elegant meditation on what it's like to be a body that does not resemble most other bodies… A tart and spare palate cleanser' - Vulture

Author bio:

Jan Grue was born in 1981 in Oslo. He has a congenital muscular dystrophy. A writer of fiction, non-fiction and children's literature, he is also Professor of Qualitative Research at the University of Oslo. His debut short story collection, Everything Under Control, was published in 2010, and he has since published five further short story collections, a novel, a number of children's books and several academic books. I Live A Life Like Yours was published in Norway in 2018 and hailed as a major milestone in Norwegian non-fiction. It is the first Norwegian non-fiction book to be nominated to the Nordic Council's Literature Prize in 50 years.

Category: Other books
ISBN: 9781782276555
Publisher: Faber Factory
Imprint: Pushkin
Pub Date: January 2022
Page Extent: 272
Format: Hard Cover
Subject: Biography & True Stories