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The cost of hope : a memoir
Amanda Bennett
Adult Nonfiction RC265.6.F65 B46 2012

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From Publishers' Weekly:

In this affecting memoir, Bennett, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, narrates a history of marriage and its end, when her husband of 20 years, Terrence Foley, dies at 67 of kidney cancer. They met in post-Cultural Revolution China in 1983, where she was on assignment and he was bringing soybeans to the Chinese masses. Foley announced almost immediately that they were going to marry and have kids. Bennett, 12 years his junior, intended to never see him again. And yet, feeling the overpowering loneliness of being a foreigner in a very strange land, the next day, she went on a walk with him, followed by movies and dinners. They infuriated each other, but when he traveled she realized she was even more miserable. Three years later they're stateside and happily married despite the fighting. Their lives are ordinary-they have a son, adopt a daughter, change jobs, move multiple times-until his cancer in late 2000. Foley has surgery to remove his colon and one of his kidneys, and cheats death twice more over the next seven years as they decide to get on with doing what they love. Foley earns the Ph.D. he started in 1957 and learns Arabic while Bennett becomes the editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, and they watch their children grow up. Although their love affair ends sadly, their story of how to fight for any hope you can get when there seems to be none, provides touching and instructive wisdom for the millions affected by cancer. Agent: Amanda Urban, ICM. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bennett (executive editor, Bloomberg News) presents a beautifully written memoir of her marriage to her eccentric husband and fellow journalist, Terence Foley, and his long battle with an obscure form of kidney cancer. Along with the touching love story, Bennett addresses the agony and complexity of dealing with a long-term illness as the couple move from one specialist to another and across the United States. After Terence's death, Bennett began to reconstruct their odyssey by examining a multitude of paperwork from different hospitals and insurance companies as well as interviewing her husband's many physicians. VERDICT It is not news that our hospitals and health-care delivery systems are costly and complex. What makes this book special is the factual, levelheaded, and personal retelling of an ever-more-common experience-the long treatment of a fatal illness and, eventually, death. Bennett's diligence and graceful reconstruction of the happy days as well as her often confusing and difficult time as her husband was dying make for moving reading. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 12/12/11.]-Olga B. Wise, Austin, TX (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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