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Death in Reverse
A Love Story

“One chilly blue morning in May, a surgeon angled a six-inch cut along my side, then reached in and removed my healthy right kidney. Four hours later, he spliced that kidney into my partner Ana’s thigh, and her ‘death in reverse’ began.” 
    A medical drama, a memoir, and a love story all in one, Death in Reverse chronicles Ruth Schwartz’s life with her partner, Ana, during the tumultuous twelve months following transplant surgery. Four days after surgery, came a terrifying rejection episode—and the high-tech medicine and guided visualization that turned it around. In the months that followed, Ruth and Ana coped with ongoing medical complications that crippled Ana and strained their relationship; they followed complex, phenomenally expensive treatment regimens, came face-to-face with the very real limits of Western medicine, and discovered simple remedies for some of the problems doctors could not solve.
     Anyone who has ever dealt with a major health problem—or cared for a sick partner—will identify with this portrait of a couple struggling to maintain emotional and sexual intimacy while confronting the myriad challenges of chronic illness and disability.  

Subjects: Women's Studies | Memoirs
Publication Date: April 30th, 2004
151 pages| 6 in x 9 in
Ruth L. Schwartz is the author of four books of poems, each the winner of a national award; and the author of a memoir, Death in Reverse: A Love Story. Her creative nonfiction has appeared in the Utne Reader, The Sun, and numerous anthologies. Recipient of over a dozen national writing awards, including fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, and the Astraea Foundation, Ruth is also a lifelong explorer of consciousness and healing.

$19.95 USD
ISBN: 9780870137068

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