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If
A Mother's Memoir
By (author): Lise Marzouk Translated by: Adriana Hunter
9781590510971 Paperback, Trade English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Oct 29, 2019
$22.99 CAD
Active 5.23 x 7.99 x 0.92 in 352 pages Other Press
An eloquent, heartfelt account of a young boy’s fight with cancer and of a mother’s determination and resilience, which see their family through to his recovery.

As her ten-year-old son sits at the kitchen table one evening, Lise Marzouk inspects his mouth and discovers an unusual growth, which doctors later confirm is cancerous. When he is hospitalized at the Curie Institute in Paris for lymphoma treatment, Lise finds herself torn between two worlds, one at his bedside, and the other at home with her two younger children, struggling to maintain a sense of stability in their lives. And so she writes—of their fears and doubts, but also of their moments of tenderness and joy—and through these memories, stories, and reveries, she arrives at a deeper understanding of herself as a woman, a mother, and a writer.

Brimming with a rebellious sense of hope, If offers an intimate look at how a mother’s love and support enabled her family to come out of a devastating experience stronger and more connected.

Story Locale: Paris, France

AN UPLIFTING TALE OF PARENTAL LOVE. Lise Marzouk takes the reader on an in-depth, emotional journey into the diagnosis, treatment, and ultimate recovery of her son.

A MEDICAL PAGE-TURNER. This memoir reads like a medical thriller as the author throws herself into learning about all aspects of her son’s disease and treatment.

SOUGHT-AFTER SPEAKER. The author is a very popular guest speaker at children’s hospitals and clinics throughout France where she shares the story of her dealing with her son’s illness to parents of other sick children.

Lise Marzouk has published several nonfiction titles in France on myths and the imaginary. If is her first memoir and English-language debut.

Adriana Hunter studied French and Drama at the University of London. She has translated more than fifty books including Camille Laurens’s Who You Think I Am and Hervé Le Tellier’s Eléctrico W, winner of the French-American Foundation’s 2013 Translation Prize in Fiction. She lives in Kent, England.

Author Residence: France

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Publicity: Pursuit of placement of original essays on motherhood, parenting a child with cancer in major national publications (Time, Parents, NYT Magazine)

National review and feature outreach to print long-lead (O, Parents, Psychology Today), weekly & daily publications (New York Times, USA Today, WSJ) & national and local radio outreach, including NPR shows, All Things Considered, Fresh Air

Review and feature outreach to cancer, parenting, memoir and literary outlets (Longreads, Babble, Motherlode, Buzzfeed, HuffPost parenting verticle)

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“The author documents her fears, doubts and tender memories of caring for a sick son and two other children.” —New York Times Book Review

“[Marzouk’s] determination and sheer willpower to endure this ordeal shine through on nearly every page…A powerful, emotionally resonant memoir.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Out of a mother’s tragedy comes a full scope of emotions, thoughts, and strategies for combatting the unbearable pain and sorrow of possibly losing her child. It is with a raw honesty and intricate precision that Lise Marzouk shares her terrifying experience." —Cécile David-Weill, author of Parents Under the Influence: Words of Wisdom from a Former Bad Mother

“Powerful…gripping…takes your breath away.” —La République des livres
 
“A masterful work, a hymn to love.” —L’Infirmière magazine
 
“A beautiful story…Admirable in its precision and delicacy.” —Le Monde des livres

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