Author(s): Helen Sage
It's every parent's nightmare. One ordinary evening, Helen's twenty-two-year-old daughter Jayne is involved in a catastrophic car accident. Lying in a coma, her young life in the balance, Helen begins penning tender letters to Jayne, trying to make sense of the tragedy. When Jayne finally wakes, she can't talk or walk. Her life, and the lives of her family, will never be the same again. A Flower Between the Cracks is an extraordinarily powerful account of a mother's love and a daughter's immeasurable courage. It is a story of hope and survival, laced with surprising humour. Never has a memoir spoken of the complexity of caring for a disabled loved one with such grace and candour. This is a book for all Australians - reminding us of the profound joys to be found in each day.
'An eye-opening, heart-bruising account of what happens after miraculous survival. Sad but never maudlin, hopeful but never trite, this is a gorgeously told true story about tragedy, resilience and life's surprising moments of poetry and grace' - Emily Maguire
Helen Sage grew up on a sheep and wheat farm in Victoria before moving to the city to pursue studies, work and family. These days, while caring for Jayne, Helen enjoys walking, writing and gardening, and emailing her daughter and family in Sweden. I think our story can alter perspectives about living with disability in Australia, and I hope it will generate greater empathy and ultimately an improvement in the conditions of care and for carers themselves. Helen Sage, November 2012