A Husband’s Memoir of Trauma and Triumph
By Douglas Segal
October 2, 2018
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One of life’s biggest clichés becomes a horrific reality when Douglas Segal’s wife and daughter are hit head-on by a Los Angeles city bus.
Following the accident, Segal began sending regular email updates to their circle of friends and family, a list that continued to grow as others heard of the event and were moved by the many emotional and spiritual issues it raised. Alternatingly harrowing, humorous, heartbreaking, and hopeful, Segal’s memoir is an intimate and honest chronicle built around these email updates, and is a profound example of how people show up for one another in times of crisis. It is ultimately uplifting—a tribute to how love, determination, and the compassion of community all hold the power to heal, while also serving as an inspiring testament to the resilience of the human spirit when faced with pain and adversity.
Advance Praise for Struck
“Struck is a beautiful testament to the magic ability we carry as humans to come together and heal from the most impossible wreckage. Douglas Segal’s story moves your heart to break into a billion pieces and warms it back together with the brilliance, sincerity, and humor of his writing.”
— Jill Soloway, Sundance award-winning director and creator of the Amazon original series Transparent
“Hope and love trump tragedy in this heartfelt, vigorous memoir.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“This inspiring and heartwarming book underlines the importance of faith and love in the face of trauma.”
— Publishers Weekly
“If love is the answer, the question is, how do I add more of it into my life? Susan and Doug’s story of resilience teaches us not only how to survive life’s biggest challenges, but how to make life worth living.”
— Annabelle Gurwitch, author of I See You Made an Effort and Wherever You Go, There They Are
“A powerful book that shows us a new way to look at incredible hardship. Being struck is not a tragic end, but rather a beginning: an opportunity to experience the awe-inspiring effects of love, community, and grit.”
— Amy Silverstein, author of Sick Girl and My Glory Was I Had Such Friends
“Struck is the captivating tale of a family being hit by a thunderbolt and dealing with the aftermath. Brilliantly written, beautifully observed, with humor in even the darkest moments, it’s an Everyman journey past near-death to a resolution that borders on the miraculous.”
— Charles Spencer, 9th Earl Spencer, author of Killers of the King and The Spencers
“Struck is an extraordinary love story. Doug Segal’s fluid, honest, insightful, funny, and very public look at his and Susan’s marriage couldn’t have been made up even by the best Hollywood writer, of which Doug is one. It’s a real-life story about what it takes for a woman to survive getting hit by a bus. This is a tale of human resilience, inner strength, courage, compassion, patience, acceptance, and appreciation of what’s most important—the love of a man and a woman, of family, friends, and community. It’s also a story about really good parenting, about Doug’s loving care for his children while Susan was in the hospital, and their courage as they contemplated losing their mother.”
— Rabbi John L. Rosove, author of Why Judaism Matters: Letters of a Liberal Rabbi to his Children & the Millennial Generation and senior rabbi at Temple Israel of Hollywood
About the Author
Douglas Segal is a writer and producer whose credits include movies for Warner Bros., Disney, and MGM and television for Fox, The CW, Showtime, A&E, History, Discovery Channel, and The Cartoon Network. Productions he has worked on have been nominated for Golden Globe, Grammy, and People’s Choice awards and have won numerous Teachers’ Choice and Parents’ Choice awards. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.