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About the Author: Sandra Gail Lambert

Sandra Gail Lambert writes fiction and memoir that is often about the body and its relationship to the natural world. She is a 2018 NEA Creative Writing Fellow. Her books include the memoir A Certain Loneliness, which has been nominated for the Krause Essay Prize and a Lambda Literary Award, and a novel The River's Memory. Her writing has been widely anthologized and published in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Southern Review, LitHub, New Letters, and Brevity. Lambert is co-editor of the anthology Older Queer Voices: The Intimacy of Survival. She lives in Gainesville, Florida.

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Paperback, Published in Sep 2018 by University of Nebraska Press

ISBN10: 149620719X | ISBN13: 9781496207197

Page count: 210

After contracting polio as a child, Sandra Gail Lambert progressed from braces and crutches to a manual wheelchair to a power wheelchair—but loneliness has remained a constant, from the wild claustrophobia of a child in body casts to just yesterday, trapped at home, gasping from pain. A Certain Loneliness is a meditative and engaging memoir-in-essays that explores the intersection of disability, queerness, and female desire with frankness and humor.

Lambert presents the adventures of flourishing within a world of uncertain tomorrows: kayaking alone through swamps with alligators; negotiating planes, trains, and ski lifts; scoring free drugs from dangerous men; getting trapped in a too-deep snow drift without crutches. A Certain Loneliness is literature of the body, palpable and present, in which Lambert’s lifelong struggle with isolation and independence—complete with tiresome frustrations, slapstick moments, and grand triumphs—are wound up in the long history of humanity’s relationship to the natural world.

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