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Publisher's Summary

In 2008, Simon Fitzmaurice was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease. He was given four years to live. In 2010, in a state of lung-function collapse, Simon knew with crystal clarity that now was not his time to die. Against all prevailing medical opinion, he chose life. Despite the loss of almost all motor function, thanks to miraculous technology he has continued to work, help raise his children, and write this astonishing, life-affirming memoir.

Fitzmaurice, a husband and father of five, draws us deeply into his inner world. Told in simply expressed and beautifully stark prose, it is a journey into a life that, though brutally compromised, is lived more fully than most, revealing the potent power of love, of art, and of the human spirit.

Written using an eye-gaze computer, It's Not Yet Dark is an unforgettable book about relationships and family, about what connects and separates us as people, and, ultimately, about what it means to be alive.

©2017 Simon Fitzmaurice (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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"Beautifully written. Utterly life-affirming." (Alan Rickman)

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Inspirational! Must read!!

Gives a renewed meaning of what hope is! God bless you Simon. Words can’t even begin to grasp how moving and inspiring this book is.

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Overly rosy, superficial treatment

Wonderful story but read more like a sermon than a heartfelt book about the pain and sorrow that must have come with having five kids and a deadly disease. Narrator overemphatic as well. Could have been mich better if writer was able to dig a little deeper, it given that he wrote this in a very deteriorated state, he likely had to keep it upbeat.

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Inspiring read

Fitzgerald's approach to his ALS diagnosis is moving and inspiring. The storytelling in this book is exquisite, and it's beautifully narrated by Alan Smyth.