A Novel, by Sarah E. Kornfeld
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“That seizure was her first experience with her ability to interact with her new forms of fish and mammals: they swam with her confusion and her love of them—her self-created moaning fish, lion-headed clams, twilight seals, chanting kelp, and all the rare, twisted freedom crabs, with their rotating heads, joined as her brain took on a new shape. . . Here was home. Here was the true sea she would continue to create from her imagination—and believe it was real. Here lived her body in the wet depths of the shakes.”
“What Stella Sees” Sarah E. Kornfeld
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WHAT STELLA SEES is a literary novel that will be published by Cove International Publishers in 2018. So, Stella knows this, they’re wrong: “normal” is an art form she simply won’t create.
No one saw it coming that Moise and Stella would fall in love, because everyone assumed they were too sick to do so. Though, why shouldn't a guy with Cerebral Palsy and a young woman with seizures be sexy? In a story that reaches from Israel to San Francisco, Bucharest to Paris, this story of two people, defined as "disabled" explores what being "broken" truly is in society - particularly in the arts.
WHAT STELLA SEES is a debut novel about love, art and forced exile. It focuses on four people, two parents, Rachel and Michael, their daughter Stella, and her lover Moise. The parents are art critics whose daughter has a series of mysterious, seemingly incurable seizures that teams of doctors aim to treat through pharma, Virtual Reality and finally, art. The novel describes a rite of passage for Stella into her own creative gifts that changes those around her -- no matter how hard they try not to change.
At fourteen, Stella has her first Grande Mal seizure on her therapists’ rug and wakes up believing in alternative oceans. Her parents, two hipster art critics, hot for their impending divorce, become transformed by the lack of control they have over their daughters’ illness, imaginary ocean and sexual fluidity. The family goes on a five-year, international, multi-city search for a “cure”. On the way, Stella falls in love with Moise, a conflicted gallery owner and Romanian dissident with Multiple Sclerosis (who becomes the heart of the broken family in search of authenticity).
In the end, Stella chooses to become an artist and unexplored territory only for herself. This young woman shakes up all those who come in contact with her as she crafts her own way in a world of “Normal”, leaving everyone changed.
Like the sixty-five million people with epilepsy, worldwide, Stella is looking for her meaning in the shakes. In this time of hatred towards those with disabilities, fear of artists/the arts, and the longing of so many to feel free, this novel explores the survival tools and mad genius needed to retain our autonomy.
A'1 in 26 Americans will develop epilepsy in their lifetime. An estimated 3 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide currently live with epilepsy. Each year at least 200,000 people are diagnosed with epilepsy. In two-thirds of patients diagnosed with epilepsy, the cause is unknown.' - Statistic from Cure Epilepsy
Over the coming months I will be sharing sections of the book, interviews with other people who have experienced their bodies/lives as being seen as not "normal", as well as sharing where I will be reading alone, or with other writers.
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Sarah E. Kornfeld