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Will & I - A Memoir

Clay Byars

What would you have left if you awoke and were told you would be paralyzed from the eyes down for the rest of your life? After an almost fatal car crash and a botched surgery to repair nerve damage, that was Clay Byars's reality at eighteen years old. Determination became the only constant in his life from that point on, and, miraculously, he quickly began to defy the odds. Clay discovered a life far different from that of his identical twin brother, Will. As Clay's life changed in an unimaginable way, Will's continued as a typical college freshmen with the world at his feet, providing not only a foil to Clay's inability to live a normal life but a sense of familiarity and connection to himself. As Will went on to graduate, marry, and start a family, Clay carved out a unique existence, doing the seemingly impossible by living on his own on a remote farm in Alabama. With haunting clarity in an eloquent yet unsentimental retelling, Clay shares the unlikely story of his life and his coping mechanisms, including weekly singing lessons that do more than teach him to use his voice again--they remind him of his will to exist. In Will & I, the most striking parts of the story are not the details of a tragedy but the piercing insights that decorate Clay's sparse, honest way of seeing the world and bravely challenging himself and his abilities at every turn.

What would you have left if you awoke and were told you would be paralyzed from the eyes down for the rest of your life? After an almost fatal car crash and a botched surgery to repair nerve damage, that was Clay Byars's reality at eighteen years old. Determination became the only constant in his life from that point on, and, miraculously, he quickly began to defy the odds. Clay discovered a life far different from that of his identical twin brother, Will. As Clay's life changed in an unimaginable way, Will's continued as a typical college freshmen with the world at his feet, providing not only a foil to Clay's inability to live a normal life but a sense of familiarity and connection to himself. As Will went on to graduate, marry, and start a family, Clay carved out a unique existence, doing the seemingly impossible by living on his own on a remote farm in Alabama. With haunting clarity in an eloquent yet unsentimental retelling, Clay shares the unlikely story of his life and his coping mechanisms, including weekly singing lessons that do more than teach him to use his voice again--they remind him of his will to exist. In Will & I, the most striking parts of the story are not the details of a tragedy but the piercing insights that decorate Clay's sparse, honest way of seeing the world and bravely challenging himself and his abilities at every turn.
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What would you have left if you awoke and were told you would be paralyzed from the eyes down for the rest of your life? After an almost fatal car crash and a botched surgery to repair nerve damage, that was Clay Byars's reality at eighteen years old. Determination became the only constant in his life from that point on, and, miraculously, he quickly began to defy the odds. Clay discovered a life far different from that of his identical twin brother, Will. As Clay's life changed in an unimaginable way, Will's continued as a typical college freshmen with the world at his feet, providing not only a foil to Clay's inability to live a normal life but a sense of familiarity and connection to himself. As Will went on to graduate, marry, and start a family, Clay carved out a unique existence, doing the seemingly impossible by living on his own on a remote farm in Alabama. With haunting clarity in an eloquent yet unsentimental retelling, Clay shares the unlikely story of his life and his coping mechanisms, including weekly singing lessons that do more than teach him to use his voice again--they remind him of his will to exist. In Will & I, the most striking parts of the story are not the details of a tragedy but the piercing insights that decorate Clay's sparse, honest way of seeing the world and bravely challenging himself and his abilities at every turn.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Paul Woodson

Length:

4h 19m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:26


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

19:01


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:37


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

12:58


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

08:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

09:19


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

13:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

06:54


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

06:04


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:46


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

07:24


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:34


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

14:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:52


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:15


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

08:19


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:42


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

11:17


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:17


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

13:40


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

02:44


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:43


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:01


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

11:44


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:08


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:57


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:50


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:41


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

00:32