The Unwinding of the Miracle: A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After
The Unwinding of the Miracle A Memoir of Life Death and Everything That Comes After Author:Julie Yip-Williams As a young mother facing a terminal diagnosis, Julie Yip-Williams began to write her story, a story like no other. What began as the chronicle of an imminent and early death became something much more?a powerful exhortation to the living. — That Julie Yip-Williams survived infancy was a miracle. Born blind in Vietnam, she narrowly escaped euthana... more »sia at the hands of her grandmother, only to flee with her family the political upheaval of her country in the late 1970s. Loaded into a rickety boat with three hundred other refugees, Julie made it to Hong Kong and, ultimately, America, where a surgeon at UCLA gave her partial sight. She would go on to become a Harvard-educated lawyer, with a husband, a family, and a life she had once assumed would be impossible. Then, at age thirty-seven, with two little girls at home, Julie was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer, and a different journey began.
The Unwinding of the Miracle is the story of a vigorous life refracted through the prism of imminent death. When she was first diagnosed, Julie Yip-Williams sought clarity and guidance through the experience and, finding none, began to write her way through it?a chronicle that grew beyond her imagining. Motherhood, marriage, the immigrant experience, ambition, love, wanderlust, tennis, fortune-tellers, grief, reincarnation, jealousy, comfort, pain, the marvel of the body in full rebellion?this book is as sprawling and majestic as the life it records. It is inspiring and instructive, delightful and shattering. It is a book of indelible moments, seared deep?an incomparable guide to living vividly by facing hard truths consciously.
With humor, bracing honesty, and the cleansing power of well-deployed anger, Julie Yip-Williams set the stage for her lasting legacy and one final miracle: the story of her life.
Advance praise for The Unwinding of the Miracle
?Julie Yip-Williams lived a life defined by effort and incredible self-reliance. But in this searing memoir of increasing vulnerability, she dismantles and then reconstructs what it means to be triumphant. Her writing examines not only her disability and illness?and their cultural, medical, and narrative constructs?but love, authenticity, hope, egotism, even rage. I didn?t know Julie, but in these pages, I grew to love her.??Lucy Kalanithi
?Inspiring and remarkable . . . [Yip-Williams?s] wise and moving account of her battle with cancer is an extraordinary call to live wholeheartedly.??Publishers Weekly (starred review)« less
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