The Unwinding of the Miracle

The Unwinding of the Miracle A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After

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Synopsis

THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

'Julie Yip-Williams conquered blindness and adversity only to be struck down. Her book is heartbreaking and necessary.' Guardian

'Eloquent, gutting and at times disarmingly funny ... a magnificent writer.' New York Times

Born blind in Vietnam, Julie Yip-Williams narrowly escaped euthanasia at the hands of her grandmother, only to have to flee the political upheaval of the late 1970s with her family. Loaded into a rickety boat with three hundred other refugees, Julie made it to Hong Kong and, ultimately, America, where a surgeon gave her partial sight. Against all odds, she became a Harvard-educated lawyer, with a husband, a family, a life. Then, at the age of thirty-seven, with two little girls still at home, Julie was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer, and a different journey began.

Growing out of a blog Julie kept for the last four years of her life, The Unwinding of the Miracle is the story of a vigorous life told through the prism of imminent death, of a life lived vividly and cut too short. With glorious humour, bracing honesty and the cleansing power of well-deployed anger, her story is inspiring and instructive, delightful and shattering. More than just a tale about cancer, it's about truth and honesty, fear and pain, our dreams, our jealousies. And it's about how to say goodbye to your children and a life you love.

Starting as a need to understand the disease, it has evolved into a powerful story about living - even as Julie put her affairs in order and prepared to die.

'A searing memoir ... I didn't know Julie, but in these pages I grew to love her.' Lucy Kalanithi

Book information

ISBN: 9780593080276
Publisher: Transworld
Imprint: Bantam Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 362.1969940092
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Number of pages: x, 315
Weight: 454g
Height: 219mm
Width: 150mm
Spine width: 30mm