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Writing Out the Storm by Barbara Abercrombie

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Writing Out the Storm
Reading and Writing Your Way Through Serious Illness or Injury
Barbara Abercrombie

Griffin Trade Paperback
October 9, 2002
Trade Paperback/160 pages
ISBN: 0-312-28545-0
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". . . a safe place for the fears and anger . . ."

". . . written in a language perhaps not fully understood by those who have not yet walked that lonely path."

". . . a book for anyone who expects to face death someday and . . . do it with grace."

Asked to provide a workshop on writing for a group of cancer patients, Barbara Abercrombie approached this book as therapy. Whether the journals would lead to a serious pursuit of writing as hobby or career, whether anyone other than their owners would read them, they would provide a safe place for the fears and anger and cowardice best kept to oneself.

 

 

Abercrombie has written in a language perhaps not fully understood by those not yet walking that lonely path. During a long illness, the patient feels he or she must stay upbeat lest friends become uncomfortable in one''s presence. The patient doesn’t want to whine or tell how bitterly angry they are at their fate, how desperately afraid. Dying, no matter how many loved ones are close by, is a solitary experience, and a journal of the illness, pain and despair can be a discrete companion.

 

Abercrombie''s book gives the reader tools to deal with the thoughts and feelings in such situations. Many quotations throughout the work illustrate that disease is a great leveler; excerpts are offered from many familiar names: Michael Korda, Alice Hoffman, Raymond Carver, Stephen King, Anne Lamont.

 

In short, this is a book for anyone who expects to face death someday and would like to do it with grace.
Reviewer: Doris Lakey