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The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That…

de Julie Yip-Williams

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"Born blind in Vietnam, Julie Yip-Williams narrowly escaped euthanasia by her grandmother, only to then 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 at UCLA gave her partial sight. Against all odds, she became a Harvard-educated lawyer, with a husband, a family, a life. Then, at age thirty-seven, with two little girls at home, Julie was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer, and a different journey began. The Unwinding of the Miracle is the story of a vigorous life refracted through the prism of imminent death. Motherhood, marriage, ambition, love, wanderlust, tennis, grief, jealousy, anger, comfort, pain, disease--there is simply nothing this book is not about. Growing out of a blog Julie has kept through the past four years of her life (undertaken because she couldn't find the guidance she needed through her disease), this is the story of a life lived so well, and cut too short. It is inspiring and instructive, delightful and shattering. It is a book of indelible moments, seared deep. With glorious humor, beautiful and bracing honesty, and the cleansing power of well-deployed anger, Julie Yip-Williams has set the stage for her lasting legacy and one final miracle: the story of her life"--… (més)
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Generous about the rating more because of the honesty of the author. For someone not dealing with cancer, there is a lot of info about drugs, trials, etc. that made for slow reading but yet helped in understanding what cancer patients must deal with for health care. Her feelings about accepting the way she was treated as visually impaired by her family (grandma wanting her killed) her determination to travel alone was amazing. Wonder how her family now feels about her control of their remodeled apartment, instruction about music lessons, the “slutty second wife”. Give credit that was all kept in the book. Husband epilogue was so truthful too. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
I found this a little long and maybe a little repetitive, but it's one of the better examples of the dying of cancer memoir genre thanks to its introspection and unflinching honesty. ( )
  KimMeyer | Sep 8, 2020 |
I found the author's willingness to share her innermost thoughts and personal struggles during her cancer journey to be brave and moving. Some may be off-put by Yip-Williams perceived negativity, but having been a caregiver for my mother who had colon cancer, many of her more damning assessments are accurate.

For those who struggle with the "everlasting hope and optimism" model when it comes to those dealing with terminal illness, I think they will find this author's conclusions affirming. ( )
  joyjohnston | Dec 3, 2019 |
I have mixed feelings about this book. On one level it's the memoir of a wealthy Chinese-American New York lawyer who is diagnosed with late stage bowel cancer in her late 30s and dies a few years later. She can afford to give herself the best possible chance of survival and, failing that, the best death experience. Not everyone has that luxury available to them. She reveals herself to be a controlling and almost manipulative person, following the example of the women of previous generations in her family. On the other hand, I think Yip-Williams has some very honest and useful observations to make about the cancer community and the process of dying - at any age - and I think the book is well worth reading for that alone. As I think more and more about my own death and how I want to live my life between now and then, books such as this one and, better, Helen Garner's 'The Spare Room', and also Atul Gawande's 'Being Mortal', help me to focus on the bigger issues of my own death and the deaths of people I love. ( )
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"Born blind in Vietnam, Julie Yip-Williams narrowly escaped euthanasia by her grandmother, only to then 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 at UCLA gave her partial sight. Against all odds, she became a Harvard-educated lawyer, with a husband, a family, a life. Then, at age thirty-seven, with two little girls at home, Julie was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer, and a different journey began. The Unwinding of the Miracle is the story of a vigorous life refracted through the prism of imminent death. Motherhood, marriage, ambition, love, wanderlust, tennis, grief, jealousy, anger, comfort, pain, disease--there is simply nothing this book is not about. Growing out of a blog Julie has kept through the past four years of her life (undertaken because she couldn't find the guidance she needed through her disease), this is the story of a life lived so well, and cut too short. It is inspiring and instructive, delightful and shattering. It is a book of indelible moments, seared deep. With glorious humor, beautiful and bracing honesty, and the cleansing power of well-deployed anger, Julie Yip-Williams has set the stage for her lasting legacy and one final miracle: the story of her life"--

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