Mind, Body & Spirit

Tale of wife’s recovery brims with love, dark humor

Douglas Segal’s “Struck: A Husband’s Memoir of Trauma and Triumph” is a riveting book. It’s heartbreaking, inspiring, unflinchingly honest, and often funny as hell, which is something of a surprise in a book that starts off with the author’s wife and 12-year-old daughter caught up in a horrific car accident, hit head-on by a Los Angeles city bus.

“Struck: A Husband’s Memoir of Trauma and Triumph”

Amazingly, his daughter is OK, with not a single broken bone. But his wife is very seriously injured, fighting for her life.

As family and friends gather in the hospital waiting room and others clamor for news, Segal, a film and TV writer and producer, sends out the first of what will be many email updates. Built around these updates, “Struck” is also a testament to the power of community, as friends, including many from their congregation, Temple Israel of Hollywood, rally around to offer love and support.

Uplifting without being preachy, “Struck” is as spellbinding as the best binge-worthy TV show. Except that every moment of this story is real.

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