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The Opposite of Dying

A Feature Review of

The End of Your Life Book Club

Will Schwalbe

Hardback: Knopf, 2012.
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Reviewed by Michelle Van Loon.


You might imagine you know how this story is going to go.


With a title like The End of Your Life Book Club, and the introduction of a diagnosis of stage four pancreatic cancer near the beginning of the book, it might be tempting to bring a set of presuppositions to this memoir. I am loathe to judge a book by its cover – or title – but in the case of this particular book, I confess I was expecting a downer of a read.


I was so very wrong. Author Will Schwalbe tells the story of his mother Mary Anne’s nearly two-year long battle with a terminal disease, but the book is about life, love and literature, not impending death. Mary Ann wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.


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