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Reviewed by Meg M.
Amy Boesky’s What We Have: A Family’s Inspiring Story About Love, Loss, and Survival, begins with a sense of hope. We are told the story of a young Amy who meets Jacques, a man she falls in love with the instant she sees him. Not long after, Amy learns that she is pregnant with their first child. Interweaved throughout this tale of a growing family, however, is the devastation of loss. No woman in their family has lived past the age of forty-five, all of them victims to cancer. Amy and her sisters, Julie and Sara, are rapidly approaching the age of thirty-five, the age where preventative surgery could help to avoid the cancer that has stolen so much from their family.
Amy’s story is one of balance; a constant struggle to balance fears about her health (and the health of her family) with the new life she lives with her young daughter and husband. Suddenly, her mother is diagnosed with cancer, five years after beating it the first time. All at once, Amy is forced to think of a future without her mother, and learns that a life lived in fear is no life at all.
This book was beautifully written, which is no surprise, seeing that Amy is an English professor. As stated by Patricia Wood, the author of Lottery, Amy’s memoir reads more like a novel than a memoir. Poetic, heartbreaking and inspirational all at once, Amy doesn’t hide her anguish, fear, and the desire to overcome it all to live a life of fullness.
Meg lives in Pennsylvania with her husband, Ryan. Marketing professional by day, freelance writer by night, Meg writes about life, entertainment and everything in between on her blog, Morning Cup With Meg.
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