Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer

Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer

by Susan Gubar


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ISBN-13: 9780393345896
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 06/03/2013
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 399,015
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Susan Gubar was awarded, with Sandra M. Gilbert, the Ivan Sandrof Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Book Critics Circle. She is the author of Memoir of a Debulked Woman and has authored and edited numerous works of criticism. She writes the monthly online New York Times column "Living with Cancer" and lives in Bloomington, Indiana.

Table of Contents

Foreword xi

1 Diagnosis 1

2 Ovariana 35

3 The Mother of All Surgeries 58

4 Starting "Infusion" 92

5 Drained and Bagged 128

6 A Posthumous Existence 165

7 Remission 200

8 Loconocology 235

Source Notes 265

Worlds Cited 283

Acknowledgments 293

Permissions 295

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An extraordinary testament to the human spirit—at least, to Susan Gubar’s indomitable spirit—a rare mixture of honesty, eloquence, humor, and passionate curiosity about the truth.... The ‘voice’ is so utterly intimate, the reader will find herself, or himself, drawn into sharing the author’s deepest thoughts, fears, and wishes. The memoir is a treasure-chest of wonderful, uncommon cultural allusions and lines of poetry; the reader feels honored to be in the presence of a first-rate, restless mind, being taken to a place of devastating clarity. There is pathos here, but not self-pity; amid the tragic and sorrowful, sudden flashes of wit.

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Memoir of a Debulked Woman: Enduring Ovarian Cancer 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
bobbieharv on LibraryThing 8 months ago
It felt like two different books, I suspect because she wrote it while she was going through the horrible "treatments" for her ovarian cancer. The first part was academic, detached, and as a result a bit frustrating in a memoir. She captures the difficulty herself on page 123: "But why am I resorting to academic quoting of academic quoting here? This long-winded digression is, after all, easier to sustain than a description of my fretful, then fraught quandary inside Kroger's."And then, just four pages later, the whole tone changed; I felt remorse for my carping. What she went through; how she was able to write about it so graphically, searingly, honestly - the rest of the book was extraordinary. Perhaps the distance she achieved in the first 125 pages enabled the beauty, the horror, of the rest of the book. All in all, for many reasons, a difficult but amazing book.
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