Survival Lesson

‘There Were Still Choices I Could Make’

Alice Hoffman’s breast cancer memoir is really a guide for going through difficult times.

10/16/2013
Jewish Week Book Critic
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Being a caregiver came much more naturally to Alice Hoffman than being cared for. For decades, the bestselling novelist was the one who took friends and relatives to the doctor, sat at bedsides, thoroughly researched diseases and arranged for cemetery plots and funerals. Fifteen years ago, when she found a lump on her breast, she was certain that she only imagined it, as things like that didn’t happen to her, and she didn’t have time to be ill. But a call from her doctor, “Alice, I’m sorry,” brought the stark truth.

"I could not run away from my circumstances, or control the path of my disease," Hoffman says. Photo courtesy Algonquin
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