When my publisher asked me to review this book and give it a blurb for the cover, I thought, "Uh,oh. A memoir about beating breast cancer? Two middle-aged women writing together? They're joking - right? How am I supposed to write anything resembling a sincere blurb on subject that's been done to death? And sprinkled throughout with poetry, on top?"
Boy, was I pleasantly, pleasantly surprised. And so, it was with the utmost sincerity that I was able to give this book a five star review here, and a quote for its cover.
Cathy Edgett writes about her experience with breast cancer that, while never minimizing or trivializing the trauma she went through, illustrates how even a life-threatening disease can be,(if we let it) an experience that changes our perceptions of ourselves, our bodies, and our lives for the better. Her co-author, Jane Flint, is courageously frank and never a martyr (thank goodness) about how the experience of helping Cathy through her ordeal by writing with her each morning, was not only NOT easy, but at times truly challenged her own perceptions of herself AND their friendship.
If you know anyone who has suffered through an illness, or is struggling with one now, or if you are the caregiver for this person, I SO urge you to read this book. I get choked up now as I think about it - the sheer 'moxy' of the women who wrote it, their voices and their poetry startlingly vivid and moving. I am proud to have been a small part of it.
Patricia V. Davis, author, Harlot's Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss, and Greece