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My Mountain Has a Namecomment (0)

September 19, 2013

By Martine Bates Sharp


Patsy Wilder Brown. Bloomington, Ind.: AuthorHouse, 2012. 99 pp. (Paperback).

This book was not at all what I expected. It seems that everyone who survives _______ (you fill in the blank) thinks they should write a book. (Some of them shouldn’t.) Add to that the fact that I have developed a somewhat negative view of this publisher based on books I have read, and my expectations were not high. 

Pleasant surprise. The book is not likely to win any literary prizes, but the author has told an interesting story and told it well. She seems completely transparent in her account of an encounter with cancer in 2011; she shares the good and the unflattering. The story is liberally laced with humor as well as its share of pain, all presented in such an unselfconscious way that the reader is able to perceive the author’s personality shining through. 

Brown’s purpose in writing the book was to help others going through a devastating cancer diagnosis; I think she has succeeded in producing a work that will do just that. 

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