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When My World Was Very Small

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When My World Was Very Small by Ruth Rakoff
Sep 28, 2010 | ISBN 9780307358196

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“Laughter and crying are known to be close cousins, but Ruth Rakoff turns them into conjoined twins. Candid, harrowing and hilarious, When My World Was Very Small is a remarkable account of one woman’s cancer journey, and a powerful love letter to the family and friends who accompanied her.”
— Bill Richardson, author of Old Father William’s Well-Ordered Universe

“Ruth Rakoff’s courage, understanding and humour is on every page of this brilliant account of her journey through Cancerland. Although it’s devastating to realize how fast your world can change, it is remarkable to see how community, friendship and the love of family can help pull you through.”
— Bonnie Stern, author of Friday Night Dinners

“I just adored, loved, devoured this book. Ruth Rakoff pulls you in with her brilliant, deliciously precise evocation of her sensory experience: as her interior world grows smaller and darker, her kaleidoscopic exterior world grows larger and brighter. She has guts, she has humor rivaling a Tina Fey or a cleaner Sarah Silverman, and the richness of her storytelling made me long for her next book.”
— Judith Thompson, playwright, O.O.C., author of The Crackwalker and Palace of the End

“A colourful memoir. . . . Read and share this empowering story.”
 — Guelph Mercury
“[Rakoff] . . . shoots from the heart. Are parts of the book dark and sad? Absolutely. But this is more than an illness memoir. The writer weaves her past, skillfully and harmoniously, in with her present so that we get a sense of the whole person—not just the sick person.” 
 — The Gazette

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