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New Book Blurs Lines Between Fiction and Non-Fiction To Raise Awareness of Those Living with Aphasia

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. - s4story -- In his book Goddess Aphasia, author Shai Anbar depicts the arduous journey of a stroke survivor diagnosed with aphasia by personifying the character of Aphasia herself. This muse—who, against all odds, aids Shai in his recovery—speaks to the hardships of this medical condition and reveals some unexpected silver linings. Aphasia, which is the loss of ability to understand and express speech, now has been given a voice of its own.

But Goddess Aphasia is more than just an inspirational tale of stroke recovery. Instead, it describes the author as the man he used to be, a life before he was diagnosed with aphasia. But when this uninvited guest comes in and his life unravels, Shai is forced to come to terms with his demons, and in the process, rediscovers himself. With this uneasy companionship and an unexpected splash of hope, Shai transforms into a man who embraces acceptance, healing, and spirituality. Through bittersweet monologues, playful dialogues, and powerful accounts sprinkled with Grateful Dead lyrics, the story tracks Shai's trajectory on his journey to the United States and the rest of the world, delving into his artistic passions, relationship woes, past traumas, and eventual recovery. By jumping skillfully between past and present timelines, the true impact of Shai's diagnosis becomes evident.

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Overall, this book is an effort to raise awareness about aphasia and speak directly to those who have experienced it in a way no other book has attempted. Whether it's for someone living with aphasia, a caregiver, a nurse, a family member, or a friend, Goddess Aphasia will be welcomed as both entertaining and relevant.

As a businessman-turned-aphasia advocate, Shai Anbar's sole intention is to spread the word about aphasia so that it becomes more than just a term in a medical textbook. It is his hope that this book will shine light on disability—specifically on aphasia—in such a way that the resilience and inspiration of those who are stricken with this condition will be recognized.

Shai was born in Jerusalem in 1960 and has lived and worked in a variety of corporate settings on six continents. He has over twenty years' experience, and his diverse background ranges from established companies to fledgling secure tech startups. Shai earned a B.A. from Rutgers-Camden University in New Jersey and a Master's in Philosophy from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He currently resides in Haddonfield, New Jersey with his partner Suzanne and their cat Mr. Charlie.

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Goddess Aphasia is available to purchase through select bookstores and gift shops, major online retailers, and through the publisher at www.StillwaterPress.com.

Written by Shai Anbar
Paperback: $12.00
E-Book: $5.99
ISBN: 978-1-958-21739-9
October 2022

Steven Porter

Source: Stillwater River Publications
Filed Under: Books

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