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The Two Kinds of Decay: A Memoir

Binding: Paperback
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ISBN: 9780312428440
Publisher: Picador
Language: English
Page Count: 184
Publication Date: 5/26/2009
Size: 8.10" l x 5.09" w x 0.55"
Series: N/A

At twenty-one, just as she was starting to comprehend the puzzles of adulthood, Sarah Manguso was faced with another: a wildly unpredictable autoimmune disease that appeared suddenly and tore through her twenties, paralyzing her for weeks at a time, programming her first to expect nothing from life and then, furiously, to expect everything. In this captivating story, Manguso recalls her struggle: arduous blood cleansings, collapsed veins, multiple chest catheters, depression, the deaths of friends and strangers, addiction, and, worst of all for a writer, the trite metaphors that accompany prolonged illness. A book of tremendous grace, The Two Kinds of Decay transcends the very notion of what an illness story can and should be.

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