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Effy Redman – Saving Face

March 19 @ 6:00 pm

A book quietly opens its pages in golden light. Creative Commons courtesy image.
Photo by Pedro Alonzo

Local author Effy Redman shares her memoir where disability meets transcendence, suffering becomes hope, and the individual expands into community.

‘Saving Face is a searing personal tribute to anybody who has ever felt like an outsider.’ — Northshire Books

‘This author goes where no other might dare.’ Catherine Filloux, award-winning playwright

What’s in a smile? Or the absent smile? Saving Face is Effy Redman’s thought-provoking answer. Born with a rare condition of facial paralysis called Moebius Syndrome, Redman’s grit and eye for beauty help her survive childhood bullying and adolescent doldrums. Her physical transformation at age thirteen via plastic surgery eviscerates her concept of image, just in time for her and her family to immigrate from hardscrabble Manchester, England to America’s disorientingly scenic upstate New York. Not until diagnosis in young adulthood with bipolar disorder does Redman come out of the closet as a lesbian, finally claiming her most inherent identity.

Saving Face is a searing personal tribute to anybody who has ever felt like an outsider. This memoir honors the grace of a face that stands out in a crowd, defying societal beauty norms. Disability meets transcendence, suffering becomes hope, and the individual expands into community. The inability to smile, in Redman’s book, lights a window onto the human capacity for redemption.

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Date:
March 19
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6:00 pm
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Northshire — Saratoga
424 Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY
518.682.4200

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