“Dancing in the Narrows” chronicles a mother and daughter’s multiyear journey through illness and trauma. At sixteen, Anna’s youngest daughter, Dana, is stricken with a mysterious debilitating condition, eventually diagnosed as Lyme Disease. Completely dependent and in excruciating pain, Dana spends years on the sofa.
Desperate to find a cure, the two women are thrust into the established medical world, then far beyond. When endless supplements, pharmaceuticals, dietary restrictions, and alternative therapies don’t deliver, only hope remains. Full of adventure, humor and blind faith, “Dancing In The Narrows” is an inspiring story of self-discovery, as a single mother fights to save the life of her child.
Anna Penenberg on her new memoir, Dancing in the Narrows (She Writes Press, July 7, 2020). This powerful book details her journey to rediscover herself after spending years as a single mother struggling to help her daughter navigate Lyme disease.
A healer by training, Anna’s book recalls in detail the stress and confusion of navigating the health system to identify and treat the then-mysterious illness. In the age of COVID-19, where family members across the globe find themselves suddenly transformed into caregivers, Anna’s memoir couldn’t have come at a more urgent time.