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Guernica Editions (Guernica World Editions), Fall 2022
100 pages
ePub (eBook)
ISBN13: 9781771838535
ISBN10: 1771838531
Translated from the Ukrainian
$11.95 Canada, $9.95 US, £7.95 UK

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Diagnosed with Tourette's syndrome as a teenager, Adam, now a 26-year-old freelance designer, attends his first meeting at a social support group. Here he meets Anna, a charity worker with a facial hemangioma; Marta, a TV anchor with alopecia; and Eva, a make up artist with vitiligo. The following week he moves in with them.

Shaped after the writer's own experience of living with Tourette's syndrome, Adam tries to move from self inflicted invisibility to being visible--in his family, career, and personal life.

The most recent bestseller of Ukrainian author Ivan Baidak and Best Book of 2020 according to PEN Ukraine, (In)visible is a book about what it means to be different. A book that encourages acceptance and tolerance. A book about fear and escape, about the necessity of being loved and accepted. It's about the permanent struggle with your complexes and attempts to start loving yourself. It's about hard stories. But also about big hearts.

I got used to living with the tic. But I will hardly ever get used to its surprising new forms, just like I will never make peace with the fact that I have to live through this.

Books by Ivan Baidak