I Asked the Blue Heron


In “I Asked the Blue Heron,” author Lisbeth Coiman celebrates friendship among women and draws attention to child abuse and mental illness.

At times shockingly graphic, at other poignantly poetic, Lisbeth’s memoir explores the trauma of abuse, the joys of motherhood, and the challenges of immigration alongside the vagaries of mental illness — and the power of a friendship that saw her through it all.

Her life is vividly portrayed against the backdrop of Venezuela’s violent corruption, Canada’s snowy winters, and Oklahoma’s bleak plains.

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About 30 years ago, she met an extraordinary woman who in a few hours saw through Lisbeth and changed her life for good. What started as a pen-pal relationship evolved into a strong friendship crossing over three countries and the line of sanity.

To her, Lisbeth owes the journey of recovery from effects of child abuse and later from a mental break down. When her life started to get in shape, that woman became seriously ill and died.

When Lisbeth’s friend was still alive, she started writing a book in the form of letters to express gratitude towards her friend. But the book took a life of its own to reflect on the detrimental effects of abuse in the child’s psyche, and the stress of immigration in an already fragmented mind.


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What Others Are Saying

“Coiman writes with honesty, and at times lyricism, about her migration from dark mental bouts to warrior health.”

– Jennifer J. Chow, author of the award-winning THE 228 LEGACY

“Lisbeth Coiman invites the reader along her life’s journey filled with pain and hope. Alternately searing and soaring, fearless and fierce, I ASKED THE BLUE HERON shares the wisdom gained through an unforgettably riveting and harrowing story of self-discovery.”

– Desiree Zamorano, author of The Amado Women

“Brave, wise, and often darkly hilarious, Lisbeth Coiman dazzles everyone she meets with her love of life and her will to survive. I ASKED THE BLUE HERON takes us from Venezuela to Canada to Oklahoma and beyond, shining a light on the taboo subjects of abuse and mental illness, reminding us to persevere, to laugh, and to dance even when it seems like the whole world is against us.”

– Ariel Gore, author of over eight books including her Atlas of the Human Heart, The End of Eve, and her latest, When We Were Witches.

“In I ASKED THE BLUE HERON the talent and tenacity of Lisbeth Coiman comes through, and provides a timely lesson in how to rise above violence and corruption and make difficult and sweeping changes. A heartfelt odyssey and a unique debut that breaks the taboo of speaking about mental illness, the shadow side of marriage — and, most of all, the fantastic resiliency of the human heart.”

Suzanne Finnamore, author of Split: A Memoir of Divorce and the Bestseller Otherwise Engaged.

“Lisbeth cleverly uses her storytelling talents to take us on an intimate journey of self discovery and in doing so, becomes the voice for a generation of modern women seeking clarity for the not so random experiences in our lives.”

– Vicky Ayala, creator of the Sacred Journey Oracle Deck

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Weight 0.368544 kg
Dimensions 9 x 6 x .5 cm


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