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If you're looking for a feel-good book or a book with a wholly likable protagonist, this isn't the book for you; if, however, you're looking for a book to make you question how you treat others, how you treat yourself, and why we behave the ways we do, this is definitely the book for you. Samantha is a middle-aged professor of poetry who faces a cancer diagnosis with panic, play, recklessness, and reminiscing, analyzing and challenging herself and her life. Her behaviors lead to tumultuous times for her marriage, family, and professional life, but Sam is smart, sharp, earnest, and trying in ways that make you appreciate her in all her complicated humanity and practice patience with her less savory behavior. This book will make you think, particularly about gender and how it affects our behavior, and it will make your heart hurt with life-affirming melancholy.— From Emma's Picks
Samantha Baxter has a full, sane life--creative job, lovely family, and all the trappings of middle-age happiness. But when she gets a diagnosis that terrifies her, a lifetime of polite pleasing and putting others first ignites in her a surprising, pure rage. Maybe Sam will survive the surgery, and maybe not, but either way, she'll spend the next three weeks burning her life down: sleeping with a student her daughter's age, speaking every truth she's ever swallowed, and refusing to apologize for her wildest, most essential self.