"The Leap" is a short story by Louise Erdrich. The story is narrated by the daughter of Anna, a former trapeze artist, and portrays the complex feelings of the daughter for her mother by recounting the mother's history.
The first "leap" of the story is the one in which Anna manages to save her own life when the tent in which she is performing is struck by lightning. Had Anna not managed to save her own life, the daughter would never have been born.
The second major act of courage occurs when Anna is in the hospital after her fall. She meets the doctor who will become her new husband, trusts him, and learns to read, something difficult and alien to her world of the circus. Her leap of faith is what enables the daughter of her second marriage to come into the world.
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