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A season in hell : a memoir

Author: Marilyn French
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Marilyn French takes us into the private hell that became her life when, in 1992, after a series of false diagnoses, it was determined that she had esophageal cancer - from the grueling regimen of radiation and chemotherapy to the subsequent coma from which it was thought she had no chance of recovering, to the even more serious post-coma illnesses, to her miraculous return to life. With the insight, intelligence,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
French, Marilyn, 1929-2009.
Season in hell.
New York : Knopf, 1998
(OCoLC)606996956
Named Person: Marilyn French; Marilyn (1929- ) French; Marilyn French; Marilyn French
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Marilyn French
ISBN: 0679455094 9780679455097
OCLC Number: 38519232
Description: 255 p. ; 22 cm.
Responsibility: Marilyn French.

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Marilyn French takes us into the private hell that became her life when, in 1992, after a series of false diagnoses, it was determined that she had esophageal cancer - from the grueling regimen of radiation and chemotherapy to the subsequent coma from which it was thought she had no chance of recovering, to the even more serious post-coma illnesses, to her miraculous return to life. With the insight, intelligence, and emotional honesty with which she has examined so many other women's lives in her fiction, Marilyn French now considers her own, as she battles with doctors and the medical establishment; as her family and friends surround her, giving her mysterious strength; and as she defies all diagnoses and prognostications and emerges whole and more than ever open to life. While this book is a consideration of what it feels like to be dying, and as such it is a musing on death, it is also centered on life: death has cast a mark on life which gives us a new vision of meaning and purpose. As French examines death's role in her life, she shares a sense of what pain and suffering can mean to a person who utterly denies transcendent thought, of how an experience of closeness to death affects the life we are living now.

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