Jacquelin Gorman

Selected Works

Fiction, Collection of Short Stories
Winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. A moving collection of stories about damaged lives and how the living cope with the dying
Magazine Article
Memoir
During her siege of blindness, Gorman finds innocence and courage in her brother's brief, tragic life--and a pure, unquestioning love that illuminates her darkness with the healing, eternal light of love.
Published Stories

The Seeing Glass

The Seeing Glass, Jacqueline's Critically Acclaimed memoir

"Profoundly moving…distinguished throughout by clarity and compassion."
The New Yorker

When a rare optic condition strikes Jacquelin Gorman, colors one by one vanish from her spectrum, and her vision begins to falter. She finds herself in a race against the encroaching darkness, frantically studying family photos, the faces of her daughter and husband, and the geography of her home, committing them to the realm of memory. Once her world fades to black, she relives moments from her childhood--and memories of her autistic brother, Robin--in nightly Technicolor dreams. During her siege of blindness, Gorman finds innocence and courage in her brother's brief, tragic life--and a pure, unquestioning love that illuminates her darkness with the healing, eternal light of love.

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