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The Unwinding of the Miracle

A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After

by Julie Yip-Williams

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    Feb 2019, 336 pages

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In a posthumous memoir, a lawyer facing late-stage cancer reflects on the happy life she had despite a disability and an inauspicious start, and bids farewell to her family.

Julie Yip-Williams was never supposed to make it to her first birthday. Born with severe congenital cataracts that left her blind, she was considered a liability in late-1970s Vietnam. There were no trained doctors who could help her and little chance of leaving a war-torn country, so her grandmother decreed that the two-month-old girl would be taken to an herbalist who would administer a potion to send her to sleep forever. To Julie's parents' relief, the herbalist refused to carry out the death sentence, and they brought their daughter safely back home. When Vietnam expelled its ethnic Chinese in 1979, the family survived 11 days on the open sea to reach Hong Kong by boat. Later that year the U.S. Catholic Church sponsored their relocation to San Francisco, and three-year-old Julie had surgery to partially restore her sight.

It was miracle enough to have survived these first few ...

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