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Range of Motion

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Range of Motion by Elizabeth Berg, book reviewJay lies in the hospital, the victim of a freak accident so bizarre that your first instinct is to laugh when you hear about it. He was walking down the street when a lump of ice fell off a roof and hit him on the head. It sounds like the sort of story you’d pass around in a “You’ll never believe what I heard” kind of way. Problem is that it’s not funny and Jay’s been in a coma for weeks.

Jay’s wife Lainey is the focus of Elizabeth Berg’s 1995 novel ‘Range of Motion’ whose title is taken from the exercises the medical staff put Jay through as he lies in his silent world. It’s also – according to Wikipedia “the distance that a movable object may normally travel while properly attached to another object”. Perhaps Lainey is the movable object and Jay’s the one to whom she’s attached – I’m not sure if the double meaning was intended.


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Every Little Counts

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Never Change By Elizabeth BergAt school, Myra Lipinsky was the girl you’d find in the hallway selling tickets for the prom but never actually at the prom because nobody invited her. She was the girl that other kids told their secrets to because she was ‘such a good listener’ but nobody ever asked for her secrets because they never imagined she’d have any. After school she trained as a nurse and specialised in intensive care because it was the toughest discipline but she found there was something missing – the patients never said anything, never did anything, they just lay there hooked up to machines. So she quit intensive care and became a community nurse, taking on the difficult home visits, helping people who needed it most before returning home to her dog, Frank and her lonely life.

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