Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Marrow: A Love Story


Today's post is on Marrow: A Love Story by Elizabeth Lesser. It is 320 pages long and is published by Harper Collins. the cover is a black and white picture of the author and her sister Maggie. The intended reader is someone who likes memoirs. There is mild foul language, no sex, and no violence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book-  A mesmerizing and courageous memoir: the story of two sisters uncovering the depth of their love through the life-and-death experience of a bone marrow transplant. Throughout her life, Elizabeth Lesser has sought understanding about what it means to be true to oneself and, at the same time, truly connected to the ones we love. But when her sister Maggie needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life, and Lesser learns that she is the perfect match, she faces a far more immediate and complex question about what it really means to love—honestly, generously, and authentically.
Hoping to give Maggie the best chance possible for a successful transplant, the sisters dig deep into the marrow of their relationship to clear a path to unconditional acceptance. They leave the bone marrow transplant up to the doctors, but take on what Lesser calls a "soul marrow transplant," examining their family history, having difficult conversations, examining old assumptions, and offering forgiveness until all that is left is love for each other’s true selves. Their process—before, during, and after the transplant—encourages them to take risks of authenticity in other aspects their lives.
But life does not follow the storylines we plan for it. Maggie’s body is ultimately too weak to fight the relentless illness. As she and Lesser prepare for the inevitable, they grow ever closer as their shared blood cells become a symbol of the enduring bond they share. Told with suspense and humor, Marrow is joyous and heartbreaking, incandescent and profound. The story reveals how even our most difficult experiences can offer unexpected spiritual growth. Reflecting on the multifaceted nature of love—love of other, love of self, love of the world—Marrow is an unflinching and beautiful memoir about getting to the very center of ourselves.

Review- This is a very moving story about life and death between two sisters. The story begins with Lesser getting a call from Maggie with the first cancer diagnosis. We move back and forth from the past to the present as Lesser talks about her life with her family and her sisters in particular. Lesser gives insight into her family and how it has affected her life in positive and negative ways. She gives a moving memoir about how to learn to love yourself and your family for who each are. When the cancer wins, we are with her to see the impact that loving can have and how much Lesser has changed because she loved. I really liked lesser and how she wanted to understand everything about what was happening to her sister and she was going to do to try and save her. It is a hopeful book about death from cancer.

I give this book a Four out of Five stars. I was given this book to review by Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.