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ME AGAIN - a novel that WATER FOR ELEPHANTS author Sara Gruen calls 'A beautifully wrought tale of courage, hope, and awakenings of all kinds.'

Kirkus Reviews says, 'Cronin's debut is an engaging read... The novel shines'


Click here to watch the video book trailer for ME AGAIN Miracles can be damned inconvenient. That's what thirty-four-year-old stroke victim Jonathan Hooper learns when he wakes up after spending six years in a coma. Everyone calls Jonathan's recovery a "miracle," but since nobody had expected him to recover, his sudden awakening becomes an awkward intrusion on the lives of his family and friends. To make matters worse, Jonathan doesn't even recognize these people. The stroke has wiped away most of Jonathan's memory, while the coma has withered his body.

In short, Jonathan's not the man he used to be - whoever that was.

The only bright spot for Jonathan is Rebecca Chase, a young woman he meets in the hospital's long-term recovery unit. A stroke has drastically changed her personality, making her a stranger to her husband. Gone is the vivacious trophy wife, replaced by a shy, awkward woman with a knack for saying exactly the wrong thing.

Constantly reminded how badly they fit in, Jonathan and Rebecca find much in common with each other as they work on rebuilding - and rediscovering - their lives. But while Rebecca copes with her husband's frustrated attempts at "fixing" her, Jonathan finds mounting evidence that the man he used to be was not necessarily a very good man. And everywhere he turns, Jonathan keeps discovering more secrets that his own loved ones are keeping from him.

A steadily accelerating story exploring the irony, humor, and opportunity that can accompany personal calamity, Me Again follows the intertwined paths of two people forced to start over in life: one looking for his place in a world that has moved on without him, the other struggling to navigate a relationship with a man who wishes she were someone else.

Praise for Me Again...

"Cronin's debut is an engaging read, utilizing an affable tone and ample humor to temper subject matter that could easily fall into melodrama. The novel shines when navigating the complex interpersonal relationships Jonathan has been thrown back into, as he gets to know not just the family he's unable to remember, but also the man he used to be."
~ Kirkus Reviews

"A beautifully wrought tale of courage, hope, and awakenings of all kinds."
~ Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants

"Heart and humor are inseparable in Keith Cronin's engaging debut."
~ Susan Henderson, author of Up from the Blue

"A work that will make readers laugh and think."
~ Lauren Baratz-Logsted, author of The Thin Pink Line

"Me Again is a 'leave me alone, I'm reading' kind of book."
~ Bibliophiliac

"Cronin has a gentle sense of humor that seems effortless."
~ Book Club Classics

"Me Again will touch your heart and your funny bone."
~ Blogcritics.org

"The first line of the book grabs you, then the story takes over and never lets go."
~ DearReader.com

"Cronin has a wonderfully down-to-earth, engaging style."
~ Book Reviews by Elizabeth A. White

"Me Again encompasses the three H's of exemplary fiction: humor, heart and honesty."
~ Jocosa's Bookshelf

"A funny, sad, sweet, poignant and heartfelt novel that I can't recommend highly enough."
~ Stephanie's Written Word

"Cronin is such a talented writer; it astounds me that this is his debut novel."
~ Jenn's Bookshelves

25% of Keith's earnings from Me Again are being donated to the American Stroke Association, a division of the American Heart Association that focuses on reducing risk, disability and death from stroke through research, education, fund raising and advocacy.