In Gratitude

In Gratitude

by Jenny Diski

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2016 National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist for Autobiography

The future flashed before my eyes in all its preordained banality. Embarrassment, at first, to the exclusion of all other feelings. But embarrassment curled at the edges with a weariness…"So—we'd better get cooking the meth," I said to the Poet.

In August 2014, writer Jenny Diski was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and given "two or three years" to live. She didn't know how to react. All responses felt scripted, as if she were acting out her part. To find the response that felt wholly her own, she had to face the cliches and try to write about it. And she also decided, facing death, to tell a story she has not yet told: that of being taken in at age fifteen, having been expelled from school, by the author Doris Lessing, and their complex relationship over fifty years.

From one of our most original voices comes a cerebral, witty, dazzlingly candid masterpiece about memory and writing; ingratitude and anger; one extraordinary, uneasy relationship; living with illness and facing death.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632866882
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Publication date: 05/17/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 678,128
File size: 354 KB

About the Author

Jenny Diski was born in 1947 in London, where she lived most of her life. She was the author of ten novels, four books of travel and memoir, including Stranger on a Train and Skating to Antarctica, two volumes of essays and a collection of short stories. Her journalism appeared in publications including the Mail on Sunday, the Observer and the London Review of Books, to which she contributed more than two hundred articles over twenty-five years.

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