Brain injury and hope

Sacramento writer Barbara Link shares a very human story of recovery from a serious brain injury in Blue Shy as only she can tell it—through her own eyes as the victim’s mother. She plunges into the story with the ring of a phone announcing a vicious attack on her teenage daughter Ellie, and Link is honest and open in describing the range of emotions she feels with simplicity and depth. Inserted into the narrative are e-mail fragments that Ellie will write in the future, sprinkling hope throughout the pages. Link is also careful to include factual information on Ellie’s condition to educate and inspire other brain-injury victims. She offers hope—not inflated hope of return to “normal” life like it was before the injury, but the genuine hope of living at peace with the new “normal” after injury. Blue Shy may be purchased online at