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The Goodbye Diaries: A Mother-Daughter Memoir Paperback – May 7, 2019

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"Beautiful, wise, tender, and true."
-- Cheryl Strayed, #1 NYT bestselling memoir Wild 

"17 Books Every Girl Should Read Before She's 17"
-- Seventeen magazine

"As someone who lost my mom at the same age Marisa did, and to the same villain -- cancer -- The Goodbye Diaries is a sermon, a heartfelt duet, and a meditation; on mother- and daughter-hood, on unconditional love, and on the the painful liberation of letting go. It is a triumph." 
-- Joy-Ann Reid, journalist and MSNBC anchor of "AM Joy"

"A stunning tribute to a remarkable relationship, further proof that love lives on beyond life itself."
-- Hope Edelman, Motherless Daughters

"11 Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2019"
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Two months to live.
That's what the doctor says.
 
Sally responds with grace and optimism.
 
Marisa responds by closing herself off. If her mother is going to die before she graduates from high school, why even try. Cancer has already ruined everything.
 
Honest and heartfelt, The Goodbye Diaries offers a touching glimpse into both sides of a terminal diagnosis--the one who will leave and the one who will be left behind. Sally and Marisa have always shared a rare closeness, but their relationship is unrecognizable when Marisa cannot figure out how to be there for Sally as she struggles through stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Only seventeen, Marisa avoids her mother's illness by filling her life with perfect prom dresses and imperfect boyfriends. But when Marisa throws herself into a tumultuous relationship, Sally performs a final act of motherhood to prepare her daughter for life without a mom.
 
Told in alternating voices, Sally and Marisa reveal their fears, their frustrations, and their fierce connection to each other. This poignant mother-daughter memoir is an intimate look at unconditional love during a heartbreaking goodbye.

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  • Publisher : Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing (May 7, 2019)
  • Language: : English
  • Paperback : 276 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1948018365
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1948018364
  • Item Weight : 11.2 ounces
  • Dimensions : 5.25 x 0.62 x 8 inches
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's depressing.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's depressing.
Reviewed in India on October 15, 2019
The front cover is slight tilted. Some pages inside are also tilted . The printing work etc is definitely not up to the mark and specially when you're paying 850 Rs. for a book.
Coming to the writing skills of the author. The language used and the words are definitely going to build up your vocabulary. But this book is very depressing . It clearly points how cancer destroys one's life. There is only a little optimism (can't even say that as optimism) in the book rest it is very depressing. The book is narrated by both a mother and a daughter and both share their insecurities etc . This definitely shows what is the 'real' world and how much one suffers when cancer attacks any body who is close to us.
You'll feel depressed .. definitely not for someone who is facing this currently.
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