Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted

Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted


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A searing, deeply moving memoir of illness and recovery that traces one young woman’s journey from diagnosis to remission and, ultimately, a road trip of healing and self-discovery.

In the summer after graduating from college, Suleika Jaouad was preparing, as they say in commencement speeches, to enter “the real world”. She had fallen in love and moved to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a war correspondent. The real world she found, however, would take her into a very different kind of conflict zone.

It started with an itch—first on her feet, then up her legs, like a thousand invisible mosquito bites. Next came the exhaustion, and the six-hour naps that only deepened her fatigue. Then a trip to the doctor and, a few weeks shy of her twenty-third birthday, a diagnosis: leukemia, with a 35 percent chance of survival. Just like that, the life she had imagined for herself had gone up in flames. By the time Jaouad flew home to New York, she had lost her job, her apartment, and her independence. She would spend much of the next four years in a hospital bed, fighting for her life and chronicling the saga in a column for The New York Times.

When Jaouad finally walked out of the cancer ward—after three and a half years of chemo, a clinical trial, and a bone marrow transplant—she was, according to the doctors, cured. But as she would soon learn, a cure is not where the work of healing ends; it’s where it begins. She had spent the past 1,500 days in desperate pursuit of one goal—to survive. And now that she’d done so, she realized that she had no idea how to live.

How would she reenter the world and live again? How could she reclaim what had been lost? Jaouad embarked—with her new best friend, Oscar, a scruffy terrier mutt—on a 100-day, 15,000-mile road trip across the country. She set out to meet some of the strangers who had written to her during her years in the hospital: a teenage girl in Florida also recovering from cancer; a teacher in California grieving the death of her son; a death-row inmate in Texas who’d spent his own years confined to a room. What she learned on this trip is that the divide between sick and well is porous, that the vast majority of us will travel back and forth between these realms throughout our lives. Between Two Kingdoms is a profound chronicle of survivorship and a fierce, tender, and inspiring exploration of what it means to begin again.

Title:Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted
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  • Elyse  Walters

    Update $1.99 kindle special today. — great deal!!! Audiobook... read beautifully by the author, Suleika Jaquad An amazing story of triumph........harrowing.......loving.......heartbreaking.......a b...

  • Liz

    3.5 stars, rounded upI had to pysch myself up to read this. Right now, depressing stories are hard to take on top of real life. Suleika is 22 years old when she’s diagnosed with a rare form of leuke...

  • Debra

    "You will never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. " - Bob Marley Right after graduating from college, Suleika Jaouad was ready to take on the world. She had mo...

  • Melissa ? Dog/Wolf Lover ? Martin

    Omg!! Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for giving me a digital copy of this book BLOG: https://melissa413readsalot.blogspot....Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾...

  • Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    *Some of the scenes depicted of Suleika's sufferings were quite graphic*Some say the world is your oyster and for Suleika Jaourd that seemed to be her future. Recent college grad, moving to Paris and ...

  • Lisa

    The memoirs that I admire most open both my mind and heart. Between Two Kingdoms does this and more. You might question, like I did, if you really want to read about a young woman's experience with ca...

  • Sophia

    Let me start this off by saying that I am not a dramatic person. With that being said, this book kinda changed my life. Just for some background: I’m 20 years old, I was diagnosed with Myelodysplast...

  • Olive Fellows (abookolive)

    Absolutely beautiful. Check out my review on Booktube!...

  • *TUDOR^QUEEN* (on hiatus)

    Four StarsSuleika Jaouad had just graduated college when she was diagnosed with leukemia. As the book begins she is ready to take on the world, bravely embarking on a new job in Paris. To her utter su...

  • Jessica | JustReadingJess

    Between Two Kingdoms by Suleika Jaouad is a memoir about a woman’s cancer journey from diagnosis through life cancer free. Jaouad does a great job taking the reader through her cancer journey. Betwe...