Savoy Bookshop and Café presents an author signing with Marc Palmieri for the book She Danced With Lightning.
About the Book
Part family memoir, part medical mystery involving severe epilepsy, She Danced with Lightning follows one girl's battle to persevere as a competitive dancer, culminating in a terrifying decline, a courageous performance, and an eleventh hour, life-saving brain surgery.
Eleven-year-old Anna has lived all her life with severe epilepsy. Despite the ravage of thousands of violent seizures and heavy medications, she has thrived at school, athletics, and her greatest passion--dance. As she approaches her twelfth birthday, Anna's condition takes a dire turn. Her health declines quickly and a new diagnosis is revealed, leaving the family only one excruciating choice. A parent's memoir about the medical mysteries of epilepsy and the personal suffering of raising a child with a deadly health condition, She Danced with Lightning is told from the perspective of Anna's dream-chasing father, who comes to learn from her a strength and courage he never imagined possible.
About the Author
Marc Palmieri is a playwright, actor, professor and baseball coach living in New York City. His plays, published by Dramatists Play Service, include NY Times’ “Critic’s Pick” Levittown, The Groundling, Carl the Second, Poor Fellas, and recently, Waiting for the Host, the first American play written for online and live performance. His play Of Vanities is published in Smith & Kraus’ anthology, The Best 10-Minute Plays of 2020. Marc has published prose in Fiction, The Global City Review and (Re) An Ideas Journal. Screenplays include Miramax Films’ Telling You. Miramax Films’ Telling You (1999). Marc has done many national commercials as an actor, played the lead role in Shooting Gallery’s Spirit-Award Nominated feature Too Much Sleep. He is an Assistant Professor at Mercy’s Communications and The Arts Department, and a long time Guest Faculty member of The City College of New York’s MFA program in Creative Writing, where he teaches screenwriting. Marc graduated from Wake Forest in 1994, where he played baseball after being drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1989. He received an MA and MFA from The City College of New York. His memoir, She Danced With Lightning, will be released in August, 2022.
Part family memoir, part medical mystery involving severe epilepsy, She Danced with Lightning follows one girl’s battle to persevere as a competitive dancer, culminating in a terrifying decline, a courageous performance, and an eleventh hour, life-saving brain surgery.
Eleven-year-old Anna has lived all her life with severe epilepsy.