The Radiation Sonnets: For My Love, in Sickness and in Health

Overview

When one of America's best-loved, bestselling authors faces a life-altering crisis, she responds by creating a remarkable sequence of poems that offers hope and reassurance to others seeking comfort.

Jane Yolen has spent her life giving enjoyment to millions of readers with her award-winning books and poems. But when her husband was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor in his skull, she began to write to find solace. For the forty-three days that David underwent radiation ...

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Overview

When one of America's best-loved, bestselling authors faces a life-altering crisis, she responds by creating a remarkable sequence of poems that offers hope and reassurance to others seeking comfort.

Jane Yolen has spent her life giving enjoyment to millions of readers with her award-winning books and poems. But when her husband was diagnosed with an inoperable tumor in his skull, she began to write to find solace. For the forty-three days that David underwent radiation treatment, Jane spent each night pouring her emotions into a sonnet. It was the only part of the day over which she felt she had any control. When Jane read some of those poems on NPR's All Things Considered, there was an immediate outpouring of support and a clamoring for her work from cancer patients, those who treat and care for them, and those listeners simply moved by her words. The Radiation Sonnets is for them.

The poems reflect not only what happened on a particular day—the naps and nausea, visits from family and friends, Jane's struggle to get food into her weakened husband—but also tell a larger story: of her deep love for her husband, her ambivalence about medical technology, her joy in small victories, her acknowledgment of life's utter precariousness, her humor in the face of fear, and her refusal to give up hope.

For caregivers and survivors alike, for anyone whose life has been touched by illness, The Radiation Sonnets is a triumphant celebration of the human spirit.

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"Astonishing! Just as Jane Yolen found solace in creating these sonnets, others will be helped by her art. I will give this book to friends who are going through similar experiences or have gone through them in the past. It is deeply moving to me that out of pain can come such exquisite beauty."
—Mariette Hartley, actress, author of Breaking the Silence
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565124028
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 9/3/2003
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 5.13 (w) x 7.32 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Yolen

Jane Yolen, the author of such contemporary children's classics as Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?, has been called "America's Hans Christian Andersen" by Newsweek and "a modern equivalent of Aesop" by the New York Times. Her bestselling books, which have been translated into twenty-one languages, have received many awards, including the Christopher Award, the Regina Medal, and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Award. She has been nominated for a National Book Award and has received three honorary doctorates for her body of work. She and her husband, David Stemple, live in Massachusetts and Scotland.

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