"Utterly Breathtaking. What We Have is a memoir that reads like a novel. It is more than a family history-it is a riveting portrayal of how women navigate life with a knife hanging over their heads. Amy Boesky gives so much hope and inspiration that it stirs readers to look inward and examine their own closely held beliefs about fate and destiny."
-Patricia Wood, Lottery
"In this riveting memoir, Amy Boesky takes on the big subjects-life and death, order and chaos, the coil of our genetic code-with intelligence, humor, and hard-earned wisdom. Here is love-a mother's for her baby, a daughter's for her mother, a love of life itself-funneled through the hourglass of time."
-Elizabeth Graver, author of Awake and The Honey Thief
"A compelling memoir about how cancer, the 'sharpshooter' as Amy Boesky describes it, stalked generations of women in her family, took away much that she loved, and how she made a brave and loving life by facing down her fears. Her love of language makes for thoughtful reading."
-Susan Straight, author of A Million Nightingales and Highwire Moon
"Amy Boesky has written a tender story about motherhood and daughterhood, romance and marriage, friendship and sistership, birth and death---and the power of love to transcend the most heartwrenching of choices. With the precision of a poet and the care of a scholar, Boesky brings her loved ones-and her own inner self-to full and vibrant life."
-Jennifer Moses, author of Bagels and Grits: A Jew on the Bayou
"With precision, candor, and enormous grace, Amy Boesky writes about how you live when time is finite, but the love in your family - though complicated - is infinite."
-Joan Wickersham, author of The Suicide Index
"Thoroughly compelling memoir... Boesky writes elegantly, almost poetically"
"Boesky chooses to move past her dread of approaching age 35, when doctors suggest she and her sisters have preventive surgery, and to live life deeply, daily, fully."
"With bite and humor (and lighthearted allusions to 17th century metaphysics), Boesky turns a would-be "disease memoir" into a moving account. Perfect planning goes awry, and yet Boesky's loving, unsentimental portrait of these endearing women never does."
-O, The Oprah Magazine
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About the Author
A graduate of Oxford and Harvard, Amy Boesky is an associate professor of English at Boston College. She was one of the principal ghostwriters for the bestselling young adult series "Sweet Valley High". She lives in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, with her husband and their two daughters.