Book The Forty-Sixth

Cancer Vixen by Marisa Marchetto

Autiobio of Marchetto and her year long fight against cancer.

This is faintly disappointing. Not to lessen what was clearly a horrible time in Marchetto’s life, but it isn’t exactly the stuff of which tragedies are made: she finds a lump in her breast, has it successfully removed, and undergoes the least invasive sort of chemotherapy just to be safe. Life-changing, to be sure, but not exactly Shakespearean in its scope. Just before I picked this one up, I read a really moving, and quite brief, poem from one of my students dealing with her mother’s death from cancer. Comparatively, Cancer Vixen just seemed needlessly long and lacking in power. Not a bad read, but there’s better out there.


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