As soon as I completed chemotherapy, I began to write.-- from the Author's Note to Who in This Room: The Realities of Cancer, Fish, and Demolition by Katherine Malmo, published by Calyx Books.
Patty says she's having her reconstruction right away because if she is going to die, and she does believe she is dying, then goddamn it, she is going ot die with breasts.-- from "Permission to Land," the opening chapter.
PUBLISHER'S DESCRIPTION: Based on autobiographic experiences, Who in This Room is a gripping collection of creative nonfiction that pushes the boundaries of story and memoir. Kate's adventurous life is interrupted by a diagnosis of inflammatory breast cancer, giving her a ten percent chance of living five years. But her story isn't just about cancer. It is a true tale of survival that is both lived and dreamt. It's about joy found in lemon trees or fly-fishing. It's about the survival instinct that helps us re-emerge and engage with the world.
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