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About the Author

Frank Davey is a professor of literature at University of Western Ontario. He is author of "Reading Kim Right, Karla's Web," and numerous books of literary criticism. Davey is also founder of the literary magazine "Open Letter." He lives in London, Ontari
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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: ECW Press (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550224972
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550224979
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,326,604 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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How Linda Died recounts the author's wife's decline and death from a brain tumor, through the recording of moment-by-moment observations of a struggle for life in the face of insurmountable odds. From the daily challenges of remembering phone numbers to dealing with other life stresses and grief, How Linda Died is a moving account.
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The author's approach to describing his wife's illness in this book is really wonderful. As the woman he once knew and loved gradually becomes inaccessible (due to her brain tumour), Davey struggles to maintain a "real" grasp of who Linda really is/was. He struggles to be honest with himself, and true to her wishes to not romanticize her. He self-reflexively approaches Linda as both his intimate, his life-partner, and also as a living being who is self-determining, dynamic, at times inconsistent, and therefore impossible to 'pin down.' The journal entries, which record the practical details of their day to day life, and dealing with the illness,give the book the sense of 'writing as a form of survival.' The journal as a lifeline. The compulsion to continue when the sky is falling.
This book is so unbelievably personal.
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