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The Gifts of the Body

The Gifts of the Body
Author: Rebecca Brown
ISBN 13: 9780060926533
ISBN 10: 60926538
Edition: First Paperback Printing
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Publication Date: 1995-08-04
Format: Paperback
Pages: 176
List Price: $14.99

An emotionally wrenching work of fiction about a health-care worker who tenders compassion and love to victims of AIDS, by an author who "strips her language of convention to lay bare the ferocious rituals of love and need."—New York Times Book Review

Library Journal

An unnamed female healthcare worker relates her experiences as she cares for homebound patients with AIDS in this fictional memoir. Using different "gifts" for scenario shifts, the narration flows through many of the changes that happen to the body and its functions as the disease progresses. Everyday challenges are simply depicted as she tends to the housekeeping duties of her clients. Her actions embody the insightfulness, commitment, rapport, and humanity needed to sustain oneself at this job. The recording is read by the author, so the direct, unsentimental yet powerful language unfolds just as she intended. The book has won several awards (the Lambda Literary Award for Best Lesbian Fiction and the Boston Book Award, among others); the recording is highly recommended for all adult listeners.Kristin M. Jacobi, Eastern Connecticut State Univ., Willimantic