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Dying

A Memoir

by Cory Taylor

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Dying by Cory Taylor
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2017
    152 pages
    Genre: Biography/Memoir

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A deeply affecting meditation on dying and a wise tribute to life.

At the age of sixty, Cory Taylor is dying of melanoma-related brain cancer. Her illness is no longer treatable: she now weighs less than her neighbor's retriever. As her body weakens, she describes the experience - the vulnerability and strength, the courage and humility, the anger and acceptance - of knowing she will soon die.

Written in the space of a few weeks, in a tremendous creative surge, this powerful and beautiful memoir is a clear-eyed account of what dying teaches: Taylor describes the tangle of her feelings, remembers the lives and deaths of her parents, and examines why she would like to be able to choose the circumstances of her death.

Taylor's last words offer a vocabulary for readers to speak about the most difficult thing any of us will face. And while Dying: A Memoir is a deeply affecting meditation on death, it is also a funny and wise tribute to life.

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"Starred Review. This deep meditation is beautifully written and destined to be an important piece of the conversation surrounding death. Taylor's last testament to life is a welcome departing gift from a thoughtful and inspired author" - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. There is an ever expanding body of literature on coming to terms with mortality, and this entry ranks with the best." - Kirkus

"If a more open discussion of death is needed in the West, Taylor's book is a manual for the task. It is full of wisdom and vulnerability; it is also profoundly reassuring. Dying, she repeatedly says, is deeply lonely. No-one can do it with you. But this book might be a companion, made all the more solid by its lack of sentimentality and any other false comforts." - Times Literary Supplement (UK)

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Cory Taylor

Cory Taylor was an award-winning novelist and screenwriter who also published short fiction and children's books. Her first novel, Me and Mr. Booker, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (Pacific Region) in 2012 and her second novel, My Beautiful Enemy, was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2014. She died on July 5, 2016, shortly after Dying: A Memoir was published in Australia.

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