Absence Seizures

Life in the Boomer Lane


Life in the Boomer Lane has just finished The Storied Life of AJ Fikry, by Gabrielle Zevin.  Unless you are, at this moment, being wheeled into open heart surgery, please stop anything you are doing and read this book.

The best books tell us less about the characters and stories they portray than they do about ourselves.AJ Fikry does that as well as any book can. But, because LBL is exceptionally fond of her own wit, she has chosen to bypass a review of the book in order to thank the author for providing her with a true disorder that she can incorporate into her own life.

The “absence seizure” is a form of petit mal seizure, usually associated with epilepsy.  It is most common in children. AJ Fikry, the protagonist of the book, suffers with such seizures into adulthood, usually brought on by emotional stress. They are…

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