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Sarah Aronson

Sarah is the author of Head Case (Roaring Brook Press/Holtzbrinck Group, Fall 2007)


headshot_saronson2.JPGSarah Aronson received her MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College in July 2006. She has been an aerobics instructor, physical therapist, and religious school principal. Currently, she works for Jewish Lights Press in Woodstock, VT. Head Case is her first novel.

Sarah Aronson writes, “When I was in physical therapy school, we were asked to spend some time in a wheelchair. We had to maneuver up ramps, into bathrooms, and through crowded halls. It was almost impossible. Luckily, when we were tired, we could simply stand up. We could walk away. We were just fooling around.

“I have always admired the sheer will of people following a traumatic injury. As a physical therapist, I worked with many people to overcome obstacles and return to society. But I rarely saw them after discharge. I often wondered what life was like outside the rehab unit. That said, I never set out to show people what it was like to sustain a spinal cord injury.

“I wanted to explore a character who felt trapped and labeled, a character that needed to rise above society’s judgments, forgive himself, and move beyond his mistakes.”

Book: Head Case
head_case.jpgOne mistake.
One bad night.
One too many drinks.

Frank Marder is a head, paralyzed from the neck down, and it’s his fault. He was drinking. He was driving. Now Frank can’t walk, he can’t move, he can’t feel his skin. He needs someone to feed him, to wash him, to move his body.

When you’re a head, do you ever feel like a whole person? Will Frank ever get to forgive himself?

Head Case will make you consider how we judge each other. And how we can move beyond our mistakes—with honesty, compassion, and even humor.

Coming soon.

Head Case