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What We Have by Amy Boesky
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Oct 16, 2011

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bookshelves: liked, kindle, memoir

I just finished this one an hour ago so it's still fresh. It was a fairly quick, enjoyable read, given the heavy subject matter. It's this woman's story of being from a high-risk cancer family (several female relatives have died of ovarian cancer by their early 40s) and how she and her two sisters try to cram motherhood into the relatively small window between being ready and the "target age" for full hysterectomy to try to stave off the family curse. Along the way, though, her mother develops breast cancer that at first seems entirely curable but then sends the entire family, and what they believed they knew about their genetic mutations, into a tailspin. Also takes place partially in the Boston area (the author is a professor at BC) so I liked the little mentions of places I know. I also learned a lot about the history of clocks and time.

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