Brown’s writing is lively and lyrical, with moments of intense description offset by humorous ones … For those interested in seeing the toll leukemia can take on a young, healthy person, Brown’s account offers the details in searing prose. An intense, deftly composed cancer narrative.
Brown’s straightforward, unpretentious writing style is compelling and brutally honest. The use of present tense, first person, amplifies the effect. His wry sense of humor is both endearing and heartbreaking. After learning he was in remission, Brown quips, “It’s great to be in remission. Great with a capital ‘G’ and a Tony the Tiger drawl.” Neither victim nor hero, the author survived with humor, grit, and the support of medical care-givers, family and friends.
Regardless of one’s personal experience with cancer or critical illness, these pages relate an essential human experience: the struggle to survive against the odds. This universal theme will resonate with almost any reader.