Wednesday, December 12, 2018

The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams

A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After

#NetGalley #TheUnwindingOfTheMiracle Publication Date: January 8, 2019

This well-written story chronicles the author's struggles with metastatic colon cancer. Julie Yip-Williams was born in Vietnam to Chinese parents. Because she had extremely poor eyesight, her grandmother instructed the parents to do the right thing and end Julie's life. According to Grandmother, a blind baby would be most unhappy and a drag on the family.

Though the parents half-heartedly followed this advice, Julie's life was spared by circumstances and soon the family moved to the United States, where they find Julie has severe cataracts. She gets some medical help correcting her eyes, but is still left with extremely bad sight.

In time she earns a law degree at Harvard, travels, and hikes in Europe by herself (mostly to prove her independence and self-worth), and eventually marries. 

Her diagnosis of cancer comes in 2013. A time when she has only enjoyed her marriage for a few years and has two very young girls. Because of Julie's determination, she immediately takes charge of the situation by doing research to fight her disease. 

Her story takes the reader in all directions: religion, emotions, family, regrets, and much more. 

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me: While the book is extremely well written, it did feel a little too long for the content.

What I Liked Most: Though Julie writes about the depth of her grief and unhappiness, she also manages to include things that cause the story to be uplifting and inspirational. 

She demonstrates such determination during her short life, that her actions and attitude alone should help many of her readers, myself included, step out of their comfort zone and occasionally pity parties.

Author: Julie Yip-Williams
Publisher: Random House (January 2019)
Hardcover: 336 pages

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