Barrett Rollins at Harvard Book Store
in conversation with JOAN WICKERSHAM
January 31, 2023
7:00 PM ET
Harvard Book Store
1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, MA 02138
This event is free; no tickets are required.
Harvard Book Store welcomes BARRETT ROLLINS—oncologist and Linde Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School—for a discussion of his new book In Sickness: A Memoir. He will be joined in conversation by JOAN WICKERSHAM—author of The News from Spain and The Suicide Index.
A Return to In-Person Events
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About In Sickness
When Jane, a world-famous Harvard oncologist, suddenly collapses at work, the medical team resuscitating her makes a shocking discovery: she has advanced breast cancer that she’s been hiding for years. The results are catastrophic. In Sickness shows how even the most rational people can be nearly destroyed by their irrational fears. Tragic, moving, and wryly funny at times, this is an unflinching portrayal of a complicated marriage and its secrets.
Praise for In Sickness
“Other peoples’ marriages are often beyond comprehension, but this is an eloquent, compulsively readable account.” —Kirkus
"Why would a distinguished cancer doctor choose to conceal her own cancer? Her husband ponders this conundrum in a book that is by turns loving and angry, as well as disturbing, fascinating, and blisteringly honest. Its readers will think twice before keeping a secret." —Anne Fadiman, author of The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down
"A riveting story, unexpected and all too human, about marriage, illness, and the secrets we feel compelled to keep. It's a reminder that cancer affects the psyche just as much as it does the body." —Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies
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