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The Undying by Anne Boyer

Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for nonfiction, The Undying is unapologetic, unflinching, and unsentimental. Boyer’s diagnosis of triple- negative breast cancer propels her into the sphere of the “sick,” and her thrift shop mom aesthetic becomes infused with platinum-rich chemotherapy treatments, an oncological lexicon, and ritualistic obedience to a capitalist healthcare system. Written in her acclaimed essay-style prose, Boyle torches the idea of a “pink ribbon for the cure” and rejects the notion that her illness can be quantified by analytics and mortality calculators. The Undying is a dissection of the relentless rhetoric of “fighting” cancer: as Boyer shows, personal determination alone cannot separate “survivors” from “lost battles.” Austere and deeply personal, The Undying unravels the subtle intricacies of living with illness as she weaves her own intimate narrative of an exhaustive pursuit of undying. — Charlotte

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The Undying: Pain, vulnerability, mortality, medicine, art, time, dreams, data, exhaustion, cancer, and care Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250757982
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Picador - September 8th, 2020