On Sale Date: March 1, 2022
ISBN 9780399588600, 0399588604
Trade Paperback | 368 pages
 

 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  / A searing, deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young woman’s journey from diagnosis to remission to re-entry into “normal” life—from the author of the Life, Interrupted column in The New York Times



In the summer of 2010, Suleika Jaouad had just graduated from college, preparing, as they say in commencement speeches, to enter “the real world.” She had fallen in love and moved to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a war correspondent. The “real world” she found, however, would take her into a very different kind of conflict zone.

It started with an itch—first on her feet, then migrating up her legs—like a thousand mosquito bites. Then came the exhaustion, and the six-hour naps that only seemed to deepen her fatigue. Then came a trip to the doctor and, a few weeks shy of her twenty-third birthday, a diagnosis: leukemia, with a 35 percent chance of survival. Just like that, the life she had imagined for herself was engulfed in flames. By time she boarded a plane home to New York, she had lost her job, her apartment, and her independence. She would spend much of the next four years confined to a hospital bed, fighting for her life.

When Suleika finally walked out of the hospital—after three and a half years of chemo, a clinical trial, and a bone marrow transplant—she was, accor