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Biography & Autobiography Personal Memoirs

Rebuilding a Brick Wall

edited by Deana Driver

by (author) Susanne Gauthier

with Evan Wall

DriverWorks Ink
Initial publish date
Aug 2021
Personal Memoirs
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    Publish Date
    Aug 2021
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  • Commended, Honorable Mention, Wild Card, Great Midwest Book Festival

Contributor Notes

Susanne Gauthier is an accomplished corporate writer and editor. She grew up in Toronto, but now happily resides in the relative peace and quiet of Saskatoon with her husband and two teenage children. She is known for her frankness and spirit. She believes everyone has a beautiful truth that if understood would be universally praised and cherished. She believes in offering people a safe space to be authentic. In writing, Sue has a passion for connecting the dots between her subjects’ deepest motivations and their highest truths.

Although she has written many articles and small pieces for publication, Sue is new to the book publishing world. Rebuilding a Brick Wall is Sue’s first published work of this kind, but she hopes it won’t be her last.

Excerpt: Rebuilding a Brick Wall (edited by Deana Driver; by (author) Susanne Gauthier; with Evan Wall)


“He’s awake!” someone cried.
I didn’t know who said it. I didn’t know where I was.
There were people near me, as far as I could tell, but I couldn’t see anyone’s faces. Just blurry figures. I could hear voices but couldn’t make out what they were saying.
I couldn’t move. My chest felt sore and heavy. I guessed I was lying down. I tried moving my arms, but they felt like they were tied down. What the hell?
“Evan… Evan, you’re okay. You’re safe,” someone said, but I didn’t understand the words. I was too sleepy to understand or care.
Sometime later, the light and voices were there again. I heard my name but couldn’t make out anything else. Where was I? What time was it? For that matter, what day was it? I didn’t know. I didn’t have the energy to think, so I went back to sleep.
Then I was on a rooftop, overlooking a whole city. I wasn’t tied down – I was free to move and walk and jump! I leapt from rooftop to rooftop, in search of something, not knowing what.
Suddenly, I was awake again and someone was moving my right arm. There were no rooftops. There was only heaviness.
“Evan. Evan, you’re okay. Can you hear me?” my dad asked from somewhere.
I wasn’t sure if my mother and father were nearby. I had been hearing their voices in my dreams. For an eternity, there was only light and dark, heaviness and indistinct voices. Eventually, I realized it was them. I couldn’t see either of them clearly, but I could recognize their voices. My parents were with me.
“Evan, you’re in the hospital,” my mother said.
Hospital? Why? I visualized the word “hospital” until it produced a meaning. I had no clue what was going on.
“You were in a car accident, but you’re going to be okay.”
Car accident? When?
I wanted to go back to sleep.

Editorial Reviews

"Rebuilding A Brick Wall is a must read for anyone who has experienced, directly or indirectly, the effects of brain injury. Which means pretty well everyone, and most of us don’t know nearly enough about the condition: as the compilation of statistics at the end of the book show, every 3 minutes someone in Canada sustains a brain injury. That adds up to one heck of a large number of people. Our friends. Our family members.
With the help of Susanne Gauthier, Evan Wall tells the story of the brain injury he sustained in a car accident, and relates his subsequent physical, mental, and emotional learning and relearning about himself, and through his experiences, readers learn a great deal they need to learn about the internal and external impact of such a debilitating injury.
Gauthier does a remarkable job of handling the prose, structure, and presentation of the material related to Wall’s story. Gauthier’s voice never overrides or intrudes, but rather, because she is a fine writer herself, provides a consistency of tone, and a clarity in the information that might not have otherwise been achieved."

- J. Jill Robinson

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