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“Manguso has produced a remarkable, clear-eyed account that turns horror into something humane and beautiful.” ―The New York Times Book Review
“Moving . . . a fiercely truthful memoir of illness.” ―The Boston Globe
“Here is not a day-by-day description of this grueling time, but an impressionistic text filled with bright, poetic flashes. . . . Many sick people learn to live in the moment, but the power of Manguso's writing makes that truism revelatory.” ―The Washington Post Book World
“Manguso's slender volume is written in a sparese, no-nonsense style that can be chilling but makes you cheer for the author.” ―New York Post
“Manguso writes this account from the far end of the illness, looking back on it from a position of physical strength, biting ferocity, and unsentimental wit.” ―Bookforum
“A series of brief, elliptical vignettes composed of sentences as spare as they are unsparing . . . Manguso pushes beyond the familiar confrontation between doctor and patient to explore the linguistic confusion at the heart of the power struggle.” ―Slate
“[A] stunning story . . . Manguso's deadpan tone works equally well in service of the painful and funny moments, or when the two meet.” ―Time Out Chicago
If you have not had an experience like this you wouldn't enjoy this book. It took me back and that was important.Published 8 months ago by Sonia
I found the writing in this book very instructive in its spare, sparse style. But the book itself struck me as very depressing and sad. I was very depressed after I read it. Read morePublished 10 months ago by dd
my heart was in my throat the entire time i read this book. sarah manguso is a revelation. please do yourself a favor and read this book.Published 13 months ago by number23
It has really well written chapters but I feel as if they are too sporadic;otherwise the book is great and I recommend it!!Published 13 months ago by Harold lovelady
In describing her nine years of illness Sarah Manguso writes elliptic and poetic observations. She does not aim at a continous narrative, but provides observations and reflections. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Shalom Freedman
This book was very quick read, but yet was very powerful. What she chooses to include in her memoir was an interesting way of discussing her experiences with disease. Read morePublished 22 months ago by astro26
I liked the book. That isn't an exciting way to describe this,but it is better than average and not as good as excellent. Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by Danni