Friends promote debut novel of writer who has post-stroke aphasia

Greg sez, "Albert Borris' debut novel, a YA book called Crash Into Me, comes out today... but back in December, Albert suffered a massive stroke that left him unable to get words out on paper or verbally in the proper order. He's a writer unable to write... and currently unable to help promote his own book. Fellow young adult and middle grade debut authors in the Class of 2K9 of which Albert had been co-president, are working together along with others to help spread the word so that Albert's novel gets the attention it deserves... and which he is unable to help generate."
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Crash Into Me

Press Release -- Albert Borris, Crash Into Me

Albert Borris

(Thanks, Greg!)


  1. I don’t know what makes me feel more sad. The resume of the book, or what happened to its author…

  2. I haven’t read the book and I haven’t posted before, but seeing this post made me gasp. Al Borris, to me Mr. Borris, was my high school guidance counselor. He was a great guy who had an incredible relationship with so many students. He helped my ex through some really rough times, and was a big help in getting one of my best friends off hard drugs. I was crushed when I heard about his stroke while visiting home over Christmas break, but am touched to see that the students are doing everything they can to help him.

    After all, he would have done all of this and more for any one of them. I just ordered my copy.

  3. Very sad. It’s like Monet going blind, Beethoven going deaf.
    I’m curious though: because of the plasticity of the brain, can he recover?

  4. I’m by no means an expert, but last time I was home another teacher at the old high school said things were faily optimistic for Borris.

    (same annonymous as #2)

  5. I had a math professor in college who had a brain abscess. Her recovery was tough, and she experienced a lot of frustration because she found it very difficult to work on any mathematics for a while. But she did come around and is active again in math education.

    I know it’s not the same situation as this one, but as #3 said, a lot of things are possible because of brain plasticity.

  6. Just wanted to reassure everyone that:

    1) CRASH INTO ME is actually a very uplifting book – realistic and full of hope
    2) Albert is doing well – he is currently at a “Speech Camp” to help jump-start his speech recovery. His doctors are very hopeful. There was a benefit in Albert’s town to raise money for his tuition and they had a great turn out. Check out
    in the next few days to read an interview with Albert’s wife, Betty, where she shares more about their lives since Albert’s stroke.

    And thank you all, in advance, for sharing Albert’s story and getting the word out about his fabulous book. We couldn’t be prouder of him!

    Beverly Patt
    Albert’s Co-President, Class of 2k9

    HAVEN (Blooming Tree Press)October 20, 2209
    available now at

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