Publishers Weekly Review
In 2003, outdoor-loving Bigley nearly lost his life in a savage bear attack in Alaska, the gory details of which are difficult to read. The animal not only bit but actually chewed on Bigley's head. The horrific injuries, which claimed his eyesight, required multiple surgeries to repair. This moving memoir of his experiences, coauthored with journalist McKinney, is more about Bigley's emotional recovery and beyond-impressive triumph over adversity. Although his very survival was in doubt after the mauling, Bigley manages to weather the painful aftermath and the blow of learning that his sight is gone forever, thriving in the end. He completed a master's program in social work with straight-A grades, and now works as a director of therapeutic foster care, overseeing 60 homes. The woman who was his girlfriend at the time of the attack is now his wife, and mother of their two children. Readers will appreciate Bigley's inspirational and well-written story. Agent: Elizabeth Evans, the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Booklist Review
While fishing with a friend on a balmy July day in the Alaskan back country, Dan Bigley, a transplanted Californian and avowed nature enthusiast, was viciously mauled by a grizzly bear. After the bear bit into his face and eye sockets, leaving him permanently blind, the emergency technicians and trauma surgeons who treated Bigley expected the worst. Yet, as described in this inspiring first-person account of the heroic measures undertaken to save his life, Bigley not only survived but today is thriving, with a growing family and a budding career counseling emotionally disturbed children. Bigley, with the assistance of coauthor McKinney, unflinchingly recounts the horrific details of the mauling and its aftermath, from the multiple grueling surgeries needed to reconstruct his face to the tribulations involved in adapting to life as a blind person. Perhaps the most moving part of his story, however, is his relationship with Amber, the woman he fell for the night before the attack, who has remained steadfast despite his early attempts to let her go. A well-written and touching tribute to human resilience.--Hays, Carl Copyright 2010 Booklist