Crooked Smile: One Family's Journey Toward Healing


337 pages
Contains Photos
ISBN 1-55022-573-1
DDC 155.9'16





Reviewed by Ian W. Toal

Ian W. Toal is a registered nurse in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Crooked Smile explores how one family coped with a near-fatal car
accident that left their eldest son with significant brain damage.
Eventually, he recovered the use of his body and mind to the point that
he is able to live at home and participate in most day-to-day activities
(and even skiing). The book, which includes a few “newsletters” that
the author sent to friends and family to keep them updated, chronicles
the emotional roller coaster that the family experienced through all
stages of the accident’s aftermath.

Crooked Smile is not intended to be a resource for families who are
experiencing brain injury, so it does not explain the mechanisms of the
injury or the theory of recovery, nor does it include a list of
resources, a glossary, or an index. Some readers may find that the focus
on personal feelings gives the book an air of self-indulgence.


Cohen, Lainie., “Crooked Smile: One Family's Journey Toward Healing,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed June 19, 2024,