In Anna: A Daughter's Life, voice actor Kirby Heyborne delivers a heartbreaking performance of William Loizeaux's grief-stricken diary following the death of his infant daughter, Anna. Anna was born in 1989 with VATER syndrome (also known as VACTERLS association), a collection of birth defects - and despite surgeries to repair her young body, she passed away due to unknown complications 5 months later. A tender, devastating memoir of a young life that ended far too soon, Anna: A Daughter's Life is also a beautiful reminder of how precious life truly is.
Anna lived only a few precious, wonderful months, and when she died, she shattered the lives of her parents. Where is the design to the death of a child? What is left to hold on to?
William Loizeaux began to write a journal. Begun out of the agony of grief and the determination to forget nothing, Anna: A Daughter's Life becomes an affirmation: There is no life without a marker. In the terrible beauty and uncompromising honesty of her father's prose, Anna has her marker. Here is an unforgettable portrait of an unforgettable child that reaches out to us all.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The journal itself, bittersweet and painful and yet full of hope, is incredible. The love of this father for his daughter, taken from him so young, is shining through.
If I could change anything, it would be the narrator of this book.. I do not know why, but this narrator has always frustrated me. I would have picked a different one for this book.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Anna?
When William writes about picturing Anna as a teenager, knowing that she had been through so much and thinking that he would tell her that she could get through anything. The dreams of a parent for their child are on full display here... but the grieving process is so new when William makes this observation that it is unique in its beauty.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Was Anna worth the listening time?
Yes. Anyone who thinks that life is meaningless, that even young imperfect lives do not matter... you cannot read this book and still believe that.