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In gratitude, Jenny Diski

Label
In gratitude
Title
In gratitude
Statement of responsibility
Jenny Diski
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
In July 2014, Jenny Diski was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and given "two or three years" to live. She didn't know how to react. All responses felt scripted, as if she were acting out her part. To find the response that felt wholly her own, she had to face the cliches and try to write about it. And there was another story to write, one she had not yet told: that of being taken in at age fifteen by the author Doris Lessing, and the subsequent fifty years of their complex relationship. In the pages of the London Review of Books , to which Diski contributed for the last quarter century, she unraveled her history with Lessing: the fairy-tale rescue as a teenager, the difficulties of being absorbed into an unfamiliar family, the modeling of a literary life. Swooping from one memory to the next-alighting on the hysterical battlefield of her parental home, her expulsion from school, the drug-taking twenty-something in and out of psychiatric hospitals -- and telling all through the lens of living with terminal cancer, through what she knows will be her final months, Diski paints a portrait of two extraordinary writers -- Lessing and herself. From a wholly original thinker comes a book like no other: a cerebral, witty, dazzlingly candid masterpiece about an uneasy relationship; about memory and writing, ingratitude and anger; about living with illness and facing death
Summary
In July 2014, Jenny Diski was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and given “two or three years” to live. She didn’t know how to react. All responses felt scripted, as if she were acting out her part. To find the response that felt wholly her own, she had to face the cliches and try to write about it. And there was another story to write, one she had not yet told: that of being taken in at age fifteen by the author Doris Lessing, and the subsequent fifty years of their complex relationship
Writing style
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2016
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10516334
Cataloging source
YDXCP
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Diski, Jenny
Dewey number
362.169940092
Index
no index present
LC call number
RC265.6.D57
LC item number
A3 2016
Literary form
non fiction
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True
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  • Diski, Jenny
  • Diski, Jenny
  • Lessing, Doris
  • Cancer
  • Diski, Jenny
  • Lessing, Doris
  • Cancer
  • Health
  • Great Britain
Target audience
adult
Label
In gratitude, Jenny Diski
Instantiates
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Doris and me -- Chemo and me -- Spray it silver
Control code
ocn942708506
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition
Extent
250 pages
Isbn
9781632866868
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)942708506
Label
In gratitude, Jenny Diski
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Doris and me -- Chemo and me -- Spray it silver
Control code
ocn942708506
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition
Extent
250 pages
Isbn
9781632866868
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)942708506

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