Samantha Futerman and Anais Bordier were both originally born in Busan, South Korea. Samantha was born on November 19, 1987 and wait…so was Anais. They also happen to look exactly alike.
Resolving to keep her eventual blindness a secret from everyone but her family, Nicole endeavors to employ the age-old adage of carpe diem. However, after a near-death experience, attempting to step out a window onto a fire escape that isn’t actually there, she realized she was no longer in charge of her life, the disease was.
Unlike the all-too-familiar beginning-to-end chronology many memoirs follow, My Body presents readers with a series of fragmented essays made into a clear and cohesive whole. In a way that is exceptionally frank, Washuta vividly describes to readers her journey through the ebbs and flows of sanity and insanity, self-esteem and self-hatred.
Unlike most other literary forms, memoirs tend to toe the line between fiction and nonfiction and must cope with the burden of truth along with the audience’s expectation to be entertained. But the ultimate appeal of memoir is its status as “witness to real life.”