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The Woman Said Yes: Encounters with Life and Death

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In a memoir filled with compassion and deep resolve, West celebrates the lives of three women-her strong Quaker mother, her beloved and courageous sister, and herself-and gives personal insight into her own battle to survive tuberculosis.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 30th 1986 by Mariner Books
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Jean Grant
Nov 23, 2011 Jean Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people in trouble, appreciators of original thinkers
This is such an original memoir. Woman helps sister in pain commit suicide: now does that sound grim? Actually, it's a warm and wise and often funny book. I found myself dogearing page after page--so many wonderful quotes. It's the kind of book that springs hot from a writer's brain--a real page-turner. But it could have used an editor--maybe because I read it in 48 hours, I was so aware of a few places where comments were repeated. Jessamyn West is all one for "plain talk," and she's both frank ...more
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Jul 07, 2012 Rachel rated it it was amazing
I am often moved to tears at the end of a Jessamyn West book, and this was no exception. This was a moving story of the lives and courage of the women in this author's family
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I especially liked Part I.
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Mary Jessamyn West was an American Quaker (originally from Indiana) who wrote numerous stories and novels, notably The Friendly Persuasion (1945).
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