At age 63, Marvin Barrett, author, Senior Lecturer at The Columbia School of Journalism, husband, father of four grown children, and heart patient, was told he had cancer. For the next six months he kept the journal on which this candid and moving book is based. Spare Days details his experiences and perceptions along with his memories of a rich and resonant life. A must for anyone facing a life threatening disease or knowing and loving someone who is.
"A rare and painful testimony as spare and beautiful as mortal bone." (Peter Matthiessen)
"Flawless literary jewelry...as spiritually exciting and comforting to me as would be the Taj Mahal itself." (Kurt Vonnegut)
Author Bio: Marvin Barrett is the author of 13 books of fiction and non-fiction. The most recent is Second Chance, a companion volume to Spare Days, which explores the spiritual and emotional resources of old age. Barrett lives in New York City and Long Island with his wife of 48 years, the writer Mary Ellin Barrett