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A Whole New Life

A Whole New Life by Reynolds Price 0689121970 9780689121975
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Reynolds Price has long been one of Americas most acclaimed and accomplished men of letters-- the author of novels, stories, poems, essays, plays, and a memoir. In A Whole New Life, however, he steps from behind that roster of achievements to pre sentus with a more personal story, a narra tiveas intimate and compelling as any work of the imagination. <P>In 1984 a large cancer was discovered in his spinal cord (The tumor was pencil-thick and gray-colored, ten inches long from my neck-hair downward). Here, for the first time, Price recounts without self-pity what became a long struggle to withstand and recover from this appalling, if all too common, affliction (one American in three will experience some form of cancer). He charts the first puzzling symptoms; the urgent surgery that fails to remove the growth and the radiation that temporarily arrests it (but hurries his loss of control of his lower body); the occasionally comic trials of rehab; the steady rise of severe pain and reliance ondrugs; two further radical surgeries; the sustaining force of a certain religious vision; an eventual discovery of help from biofeedback and hyp

Author: Reynolds Price

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 224

Publisher: Scribner

Publication Date: 1994-05-09

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