By Kathlyn Conway
"Author Kathlyn Conway, a three-time melanoma survivor, believes that the triumphalist method of writing approximately disorder fails to do justice to the shattering event of affliction. by way of wrestling with the problem of writing in regards to the fact of significant affliction and harm, she argues, writers can provide a more true photo of the advanced dating among physique and mind"--Provided via publisher.
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