The Situation: A Radical Journey Thru Sisterhood

The Situation: A Radical Journey Thru Sisterhood

by Lila Glasoe Francese
The Situation: A Radical Journey Thru Sisterhood

The Situation: A Radical Journey Thru Sisterhood

by Lila Glasoe Francese


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The Situation - A Radical Journey Thru Sisterhood is an intimate portrayal of two sisters, Carolyn and Lila, whose lives are deeply intertwined over forty years.

"The official FDNY response time to 9/11 was five seconds. Five seconds. That’s how long it took for FDNY, for NYPD, for Port Authority, EMS to respond to an urgent need from the public. Five seconds. Hundreds died in an instant. Thousands more poured in to continue to fight for their brothers and sisters.

The breathing problems started almost immediately and they were told they weren’t sick, they were crazy. And then, as the illnesses got worse, and things became more apparent, “Well, okay, you’re sick, but it’s not from the pile.” And then when the science became irrefutable, “Okay, it’s the pile, but this is a New York issue. I don’t know if we have the money.”And I’m sorry if I sound angry and undiplomatic. But I’m angry, and you should be too, and they’re all angry as well and they have every justification to be that way...Your indifference cost these men and women their most valuable commodity: time. It’s the one thing they’re running out of."

- Jon Stewart's testimony before Congress

Jon Stewart's testimony before Congress reminded America - in scathing terms - of their responsibility to 9/11 first responders, but the effects of that day spread to nearby residents as well. Carolyn Glasoe Bailey owned an art gallery in lower Manhattan, and years later in Los Angeles, she was diagnosed with brain cancer. Her doctors told her it was mostly likely due to her proximity to Ground Zero. When Jon Stewart took to CSPAN, it moved Lila Glasoe Francese, her sister, to finally release the book she wrote about Carolyn's journey.

When Carolyn is diagnosed with glioblastoma brain cancer, Lila is unaware of the complexity of the diagnosis and unprepared for the devastating path to come. When she was told she had cancer, Carolyn opted into treatment, even knowing it might change her personality. At that time, Lila went to search for a book to help her understand what her sister was going through and what her family should expect. She couldn’t find anything to support her. So she wrote the book she needed at the time to support others in their own journey.

The Situation takes readers on an emotional and intense journey that explores the lifelong bond between siblings and the aching loss of deep relationship. Like When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi and Being Mortal by Atul Gawande, it deals intimately with the choices terminal patients face, and the effect of those choices on those who love them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781733419703
Publisher: The Unapologetic Voice House LLC
Publication date: 05/05/2020
Pages: 122
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Lila Glasoe Francese was born in Minneapolis in the 1970s and was the first Glasoe sister to leave the Midwest. She enrolled in SMU’s Meadow’s School of the Arts in 1990, where she was offered a full scholarship in their Bachelor of Fine Arts Program. She graduated in 1994, moving to Los Angeles, CA. In LA, Lila sold a screen play (Peg & Shirl), wrote a play, provided character voices for animated television shows (the most notable Family Guy), renovated real estate and ran the personal lives of producers, studio heads and CEOs.

Lila is the recipient of a McKnight Fellowship, the Wellesley Book Award and is also a graduate of Breck School. She appeared professionally in regional theatre in both Minneapolis and Los Angeles.

Lila married Dines Francese in 2001 and gave birth to Florence “Fliss” Francese in 2004. In 2006 she and her husband Dines began their design & home staging business OHI HOME, LLC.

A vegetarian, Lila is a loving animal advocate with three dogs, and regularly gives to the Gentle Barn.

Lila has been a long supporter of the arts, beginning her fine art collection in 1995 with the help of her sister Carolyn Glasoe. The two sisters were amazingly close: they traveled together frequently, loved food and eating at great restaurants at home and while traveling, and lived across the street from each other.

After the death of her sister Carolyn, Lila and her brother-in-law Christopher Bailey founded The Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation. This non-profit art charity continues to keep Carolyn’s artistic enthusiasm, fierce generosity and innovative spirit alive throughout the fine art world. You can support the foundation, read about winners of the Art Prize, and more at Lila currently lives with her family in Ojai, CA.
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