I love memoir-type books, and this one is no exception. Evan Handler is a great writer, and he writes his memoir with passion and heart.
Time on Fire: My Comedy of Errors is about Handler’s difficult and heart-wrenching journey through a life-shattering diagnosis of leukemia, his soul-destroying and hope frustrating chemotherapy treatments — and how he felt before, during and afterwards. Evan goes into excruciating detail of how the hospital and the people looked and felt after chemo treatments. It takes a lot of honesty and courage to write about these experiences as openly as Evan does. It was sad but very powerful as well.
And Evan doesn’t just describe his feelings and experiences after the diagnosis but everyone around him who was also affected by the diagnosis, such as his girlfriend and parents. I felt as if I was sitting beside Evan as he was telling me the story. It is so moving and heart-felt.
After reading the book, I could just feel how it would be like to have your whole life change before you in a moment at the wonderful age of 24 years of age. To say that such a diagnosis would be life-altering doesn’t even touch the intensity and confusion of the experience. Yet, he had the courage to persevere and thrive. And he lived to tell his powerful story to others in this wonderful memoir.
This book is for everyone who is struggling with a life-shattering diagnosis, be it for themselves or for one of their close family members. The reader will know what to do in the future if she is ever in this situation him/herself with such a dire diagnosis.
Thank you Evan for such a wonderful book! And may you have good health in the future.
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