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One of the most engrossing books I've ever read. It's written in a beautifully readable style that takes you into the story. And what a story it is! I'll not mention anything spoiler-y, but Okorafor's path from a star athlete to superstar writer is a truly inspirational one. This is a gem!
This was a quick read and a small glimpse into the trauma that redirected her life and sparked her writing passion. It was short, as expected based on it being a TED book, but there is enough detail to keep things moving while drawing the reader in. I would, however, enjoy reading a longer book with much more depth on the trauma she experienced. It was fascinating but just touched the surface in some areas.
This was a really well written and inspiring quick read about Nnedi’s healing journey after becoming paralyzed from the waist down due to a back operation, and how this experience led her to discover her gift as a writer. Highly recommended.
I came across this book when I was looking for own-voices books about disability. BROKEN PLACES & OUTER SPACERS was on a Buzzfeed List for memoirs on disability and illness, and I was immediately intrigued enough to buy the audiobook.
Nnedi Okorafor is an author of Afro-futurism SF and I've been meaning to read her fiction for so long. I had no idea that she'd experienced paralysis following what should've been routine surgery--and as someone who is also disabled, I immediately felt a connection to her. I've also been writing my own memoir and reading as many memoirs on disability and illness as I can, and I found the writing in this one so compulsive that I immediately wanted to dive back into my own memoir.
Okorafor gives a great overview of her childhood and her family, the genetic disorder she and her siblings inherited and how there was very much a 'before' and 'after' section to her life. I related to this so much, having been sporty myself before my body failed me.
This is a short read--but it covers so much. We learn how it was her disability that led her to start writing--something that she didn't think she'd have done was it not for this paralysis happening--and how her hallucinations during her initial time in hospital lured her into the speculative fiction world. We see how she's managing now as an adult, and we follow her through the difficult rehab process as a teenager.