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  • Posted August 9, 2011

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    This book was a great find...I've read another book by Allison so when I saw this I knew I had to read it. I was not disappointed. The story is well written and the characters have depth. There is a reality that most of us have read about chemo from an objective point of view but this one is from the woman's perspective and she does a great job with it. There are excerpts from the woman's diary. As a nurse, I have to say that I usually am critical about the medical details. Not an issue here. There's not a lot of complex terminology but everything is explained clearly.
    I have to find more books by Allison Winn Scotch!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2007

    You'll Love This Book!

    I'm an avid reader but have been disappointed lately by some of the contemporary fiction on the market. Not so with Allison Winn Scotch's debut novel. I couldn't put this book down and was sorry to see it end. We've all heard the phrase 'Don't get so busy making a living that you forget to have a life.' This could be the mantra of Natalie Miller. At 30, she seems to have it all until her world comes crashing down with a diagnosis of cancer which coincides with her boyfriend leaving her. Rather than sink into depression, Natalie directs her energies towards figuring out what went wrong in her past relationships by tracking down the five loves of her life. Given that Natalie is battling breast cancer, this could have been a deep, dark, novel yet Scotch portrays Natalie as a fighter and illustrates how she battles cancer with courage and humor. When Natalie faces her own immortality, she comes to the realization that she's been sleepwalking through much of her life. Her diagnosis brings an understanding of what she truly wants from life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2007

    A luminous debut

    Allison Winn Scotch's debut novel is an exploration of the human spirit in the form of Natalie, a 30-year-old up and coming Senate aide who is simultaneously diagnosed with breast cancer and dumped by her live-in boyfriend. During the time she's got on her hands as she undergoes chemo, Natalie reviews her life and her choices. She comes to realize that she's sacrificed too much in her climb up the political ladder and that to receive love, you must be willing to give it and to get hurt. I can't wait to read Allison's next book and I highly recommend this one.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fascinating character study

    Thirty years old senior aid to Senator Dupris of NY, Natalie Miller learns she has breast cancer. Not long after the horrifying diagnosis, her unassuming boyfriend Ned dumps her when she most needs him to comfort her. Worse the workaholic has to take a leave of absence from her high powered job six weeks before the election as the chemotherapy she begins requires plenty of rest with no stress. In her diary she begins to keep she writes mostly gloom and doom entries as only the Price is Right cheers her up although she admits to herself under other circumstances she would not mind seeing her kindhearted gynecologist Zach when Nat deeply muses re Zach she knows she would never have met him under any other circumstance. As she struggles with chemotherapy and ultimately a mastectomy, a former lover rock musician Jake returns into her life to help her, but she wants Zach though she fears he will see that as gratitude even if she believes he desires her too. As Nat heals, Sally her friend and a reporter uncovers a monster scandal that will hurt Dupris just when Natalie must decide whether to return to her and politics. ---- This fascinating character study contains one full blooded protagonist and a bunch of cardboard cutouts whose existence only relates to the lead character. When the insightful story line focuses on Natalie¿s bout with cancer the plot cuts deep into her heart and soul so that the audience understands her fears of dying young and her feelings that she accomplished nothing so far in her life (reminiscent of Margaret Edson¿s classic WIT). When she looks back (impassive diary form) to the loves of her life, she realizes the common theme of why they always ended was due to her ambition superseding her love. Fans of powerful poignant drama (except for the ¿required¿ ending) will enjoy this often humorous discerning look at a cancer survivor. ---- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2007

    Buy this book!

    Magazine writer Allison Winn Scotch debuts her talented fiction writing skills with a novel that will have you laughing 'or at least smiling' one minute and balling your eyes out the next. Her story about a young woman's bout with breast cancer is both couragous and charming. Allison tells the story beginning with the main character, Natalie's, diagnosis. She weaves diary entries in with the narrative and creates a believeable tale. And it's no wonder. She wrote the book to tell a story with a happier ending than that of the best friend whom she lost to cancer in real life. The author tells Natalie's story from an interesting perspective, taking the reader on Natalie's path down memory lane to find out what went wrong in her relationships with her former boyfriends. Along the way, in between rounds of chemo, hair loss, and girlfriend trouble, Natalie realizes that during times of turmoil what we lose may not be nearly as important as what we gain because of the process. The Department of Lost & Found is a fine example of fiction written real. If you read it, you're sure to gain a new kind of empathy in a thankfully painless way.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2007

    A joyful debut

    Written with bittersweet insight and -- at times -- heartfelt irreverence, this debut novel takes on the big C. And though her heroine does battle cancer, Allison Winn Scotch's tale actually focuses on the big C of challenges inherent to us all. Be prepared to have your eyes opened and your heart touched by a gifted, new author who understands the power of hope.

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    Posted February 10, 2011

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