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The Woman Said Yes: Encounters with Life and Death
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.
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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
Mary Jessamyn West was an American Quaker (originally from Indiana) who wrote numerous stories and novels, notably The Friendly Persuasion (1945).More about Jessamyn West...