"Ginny Jordan has written a soul-searching memoir where the landscape of her body and the landscape of her home are so interconnected she redefines brokenness as wholeness. Courageous, raw, true."—Terry Tempest Williams, author of Refuge and If Women Were Birds
How much can we lose and still remain whole?
"A masterpiece: Ginny Jordan takes the unspeakable—our tortured mortality—and fashions something exquisite, joyful, breathless, uplifting. A paen to Life, to the ecstasy of being alive and fully aware no matter what the terms. This book goes to the heart of what it means to be a woman. Engagingly written, often breathtaking in its use of language and insights into the human condition, Clear Cut leaves us sparkling with love of life."—Rupert Isaacson, author of The Horse Boy
"Ginny Jordan's unsparing and exquisite mapping of the landscape of devastation is rendered navigable by the humor, passion, honesty, and adventurous spirit that permeate her writing. Her illumination of nuance and detail shows how none of us escapes with our attachments intact: if they are not shed in the course of living, then they will be surrendered at the threshold of death. Ginny's life experience and her gifts as a writer will take you on a transformative journey that is all about letting go and letting light in."—Nina Rothschild Utne, co-founder and former owner, Utne Reader, founder of Futurefit
"Ginny Jordan bears witness to what it is like to inhabit a recalcitrant body and yet transcend its pinioning limits. Step by step, wingbeat by wingbeat, she moves in body and spirit through this world, each day re-committing herself to making it better."—Marc Barasch, author of The Healing Path and Field Notes on the Compassionate Life
In the course of her life, Ginny Jordan has been diagnosed with breast cancer, undergone surgeries and chemotherapy, experienced debilitating vertigo, and other conditions—at the same time as she has been a daughter, wife, mother of three, and member of a large, active family.
In prose that is startling and evocative, witty and generous, Clear Cut
explores biographically, symbolically, and culturally the meanings of nine different parts of the body, of how much we can lose and still remain whole and know who we are. Jordan mourns for and celebrates the wisdom and beauty of body and soul as they struggle to find endurance in the face of multiple setbacks, and the courage to confront loss and separation and celebrate life and community instead.