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Life with Sudden Death: A Tale of Moral Hazard and Medical Misadventure

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The youngest of nine children, Michael Downing was three when his father died — suddenly and inexplicably. No autopsy was performed. The family diagnosis was God’s will.

As a boy, Downing rigorously trained as a spiritual athlete, preparing to vault into heaven. But eventually he escaped the religious dogma, and the family arena — until one of his brothers died in 2003, sud...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Counterpoint (first published September 10th 2009)
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Mam
This a fabulous memoir. Michael Downing, who has writien both fiction and non-fiction, brings all of his writing skill to his own story, or really 2 stories woven together. One is the story of Downing's experience growing up as the 9th of 9 children in an Irish Catholic family, the other is his experience as an adult who learns that he has a life- threatening heart condition. How are the two story lines connected? There are several good answers to that questions. The first is that Downing's illn...more
Cynthia
A touching memoir with an edge. Great writing.
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