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The Foremost Good Fortune by Susan      Conley
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Apr 06, 11

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In general, critics enjoyed Conley’s memoir about coping with the alternating difficulties of children, China, and cancer. They were impressed by the work’s honesty (particularly about Conley’s disease), the immediacy of its description, and its compelling prose. While sometimes chafing at the limits of the work’s genre—memoirs about motherhood, cancer, and the expat experience abound, though the work does not encompass all of these subjects simultaneously—in the end reviewers found The Foremost Good Fortune an original and emotionally compelling story. This is an excerpt from a review published in Bookmarks magazine.
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