The Unwinding of the Miracle: A memoir of life, death and everything that comes after (English Edition)
THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
‘Julie Yip-Williams conquered blindness and adversity only to be struck down. Her book is heartbreaking and necessary.’ Guardian
Eloquent, gutting and at times disarmingly funny … a magnificent writer.’ New York Times
Born blind in Vietnam, Julie Yip-Williams narrowly escaped euthanasia at the hands of her grandmother, only to have to flee the political upheaval of the late 1970s with her family. Loaded into a rickety boat with three hundred other refugees, Julie made it to Hong Kong and, ultimately, America, where a surgeon gave her partial sight. Against all odds, she became a Harvard-educated lawyer, with a husband, a family, a life. Then, at the age of thirty-seven, with two little girls still at home, Julie was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer, and a different journey began.
Growing out of a blog Julie kept for the last four years of her life, The Unwinding of the Miracle is the story of a vigorous life told through the prism of imminent death, of a life lived vividly and cut too short. With glorious humour, bracing honesty and the cleansing power of well-deployed anger, her story is inspiring and instructive, delightful and shattering. More than just a tale about cancer, it’s about truth and honesty, fear and pain, our dreams, our jealousies. And it’s about how to say goodbye to your children and a life you love.
Starting as a need to understand the disease, it has evolved into a powerful story about living – even as Julie put her affairs in order and prepared to die.
‘A searing memoir … I didn’t know Julie, but in these pages I grew to love her.’ Lucy Kalanithi