Where Is the Mango Princess?

Where Is the Mango Princess?

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Humorist Cathy Crimmins has written a deeply personal, wrenching, and often hilarious account of the effects of traumatic brain injury, not only on the victim, in this case her husband, but on the family.

When her husband Alan is injured in a speedboat accident, Cathy Crimmins reluctantly assumes the role of caregiver and learns to cope with the person he has become. No longer the man who loved obscure Japanese cinema and wry humor, Crimmins' husband has emerged from the accident a childlike and unpredictable replica of his former self with a short attention span and a penchant for inane cartoons. Where Is the Mango Princess? is a breathtaking account that explores the very nature of personality-and the complexities of the heart.

Outstanding Book Award Winner from the American Society of Journalists and Authors
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2000.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780375704420
Branch Call Number: 362.4 CRIMMINS
Characteristics: 257 p. ; 22 cm.


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Feb 24, 2012

The lives of writer Cathy Crimmins, her lawyer husband Alan Forman, and their seven-year-old daughter were changed forever on July 1, 1996, at a lake near Kingston, Ontario. "Alan’s brain got run over by a speedboat. That last sentence reads like a bad country-western song lyric, but it’s true. It was a silly, horrible, stupid accident." (p. 5). While Alan steered a small boat back to dock at the end of their vacation, a teenager drove a speedboat literally over him, causing major traumatic brain injury (TBI) including seizures, coma, hemorrhage and paralysis.

This book offers highly valuable insight into the agonies and triumphs of the caregiver. Crimmins is forthright about her misgivings, mistakes, and anger about her experience. She sugarcoats nothing. I found myself rooting for her and her daughter and husband, hoping he never has another seizure, celebrating his milestones.


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