Shortly after Saracino’s first novel, No Matter What, was published in 1993, she began to experience an inexplicable clenching of her vocal cords. Over a four-year period, she was increasingly unable to speak without great strain. In 1997 the mysterious problem was diagnosed as a rare voice disorder. This memoir is the compelling story of the author’s journey and her struggle to reclaim her voice on physical, spiritual and emotional levels. It is ultimately a tale of epiphany, recovery and redemption. Praising the memoir, Louise DeSalvo wrote: “A stupendous achievement. Saracino speaks here as she has never spoken before; as no one has ever spoken before.”
Mary gives an overview of the book:
As a child Mary Saracino dreamed of being a June Taylor Dancer, twirling her legs high in the air, spinning kaleidoscopic images onto the TV screen, enchanting viewers of the Jackie Gleason Show. She has since followed that sweeping trail of fairy-dust magic wherever...