Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted
Why this book?
This is a twenty-something woman's account of her pre-cancer life, her cancer treatment, and its aftermath. I loved it because it gave me a young person’s view of cancer. Educated at Juilliard and Princeton, she is diagnosed with leukemia while starting a career in Paris. Her narrative of treatment (with a one in three chance of success), her relationships with family, friends, and lovers, her encounters with medical and support staff, and fellow patients are clear-eyed. She presents a view of the cancer universe – before, after, and during – and worries about sex and infertility from the viewpoint of a 21st-century woman. Well-written and bracing. And her partner is Jon Batiste.