The Still Point of the Turning World is the story of author Emily Rapp’s journey through grief and beyond it. Rapp’s response to her son’s diagnosis, Tay-Sachs disease, was a belief that she needed to “make my world big.” She sought to make sense of her family’s situation through art, literature, philosophy, theology and myth. Drawing on a broad range of thinkers and writers, from C. S. Lewis to Sylvia Plath, Hegel to Mary Shelley, Rapp learns what wisdom there is to be gained from parenting a terminally ill child. She reexamines fundamental assumptions about what it means to be a good parent, to be a success, and to live a meaningful life.
Emily Rapp was born in Nebraska and grew up in Wyoming and Colorado. Born with a congenital defect, her left foot was amputated at age four, and she has worn a prosthetic limb ever since. A former Fulbright scholarship recipient, she was educated at Harvard University, Saint Olaf College, Trinity College-Dublin and the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a James A. Michener Fellow. She has received awards and recognition for her work from “The Atlantic Monthly”, “StoryQuarterly”, the Mary Roberts Rinehart Foundation, the Jentel Arts Foundation, and more. Emily has taught writing in the MFA program at Antioch University, Los Angeles, The Taos Writers’ Workshop, University of California – Palm Desert, and the Gotham Writers’ Workshops. She is currently professor of Creative Writing and Literature at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design.