How Linda Died

By (author): Frank Davey

A husband’s unflinching account of his wife’s unravelling. How Linda Died is Frank Davey’s powerful and painfully precise account of his wife’s fight against an inoperable brain tumor.

Linda’s proud refusal to tell anyone about her deteriorating condition left Frank with few people to confide in. As Linda’s mind fell victim to cancer, Frank took to recording his memories with increasingly compulsive and private intensity. He found himself reckoning with the demons of a past that Linda could no longer share and mourning the loss of a present she could no longer enjoy. At the same time, he found himself reflecting on the habits, rituals, and diversions that punctuated his life. How could he reconcile his passion for showing prize-winning Great Danes with’s debilitating illness? How could he talk about the great wines he loved or the fabulous coq au vin they had shared right after he talked about the clinical details of her approaching death or her bizarre behaviour?

What makes this book so special — and in many ways so brilliantly odd — is the life-defining contrasts it records, often in a single breath. At once a shattering portrayal of a devastating disease and an obsessive record of one man’s self-interrogation amidst a welter of conflicting emotions, How Linda Died is a gripping memoir, beautiful in its morbidity and searing in its relentless refusal to sidestep the truth.

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Frank Davey

?Frank Davey is a widely published author and literary critic. He has taught at York University and the University of Western Ontario, where he held the Carl F. Klinck Professorship in?Canadian Literature.

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A husband’s unflinching account of his wife’s unravelling. How Linda Died is Frank Davey’s powerful and painfully precise account of his wife’s fight against an inoperable brain tumor.

Linda’s proud refusal to tell anyone about her deteriorating condition left Frank with few people to confide in. As Linda’s mind fell victim to cancer, Frank took to recording his memories with increasingly compulsive and private intensity. He found himself reckoning with the demons of a past that Linda could no longer share and mourning the loss of a present she could no longer enjoy. At the same time, he found himself reflecting on the habits, rituals, and diversions that punctuated his life. How could he reconcile his passion for showing prize-winning Great Danes with’s debilitating illness? How could he talk about the great wines he loved or the fabulous coq au vin they had shared right after he talked about the clinical details of her approaching death or her bizarre behaviour?

What makes this book so special — and in many ways so brilliantly odd — is the life-defining contrasts it records, often in a single breath. At once a shattering portrayal of a devastating disease and an obsessive record of one man’s self-interrogation amidst a welter of conflicting emotions, How Linda Died is a gripping memoir, beautiful in its morbidity and searing in its relentless refusal to sidestep the truth.

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Dimensions:

288 Pages
9in * 6in *
1.23lb

Published:

April 01, 2002

City of Publication:

Toronto

Country of Publication:

CA

Publisher:

ECW Press

ISBN:

9781550224979

Book Subjects:

BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General

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Language:

eng

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