The Undying by Anne Boyer audiobook

The Undying: Pain, Vulnerability, Mortality, Medicine, Art, Dreams, Data, Exhaustion, Cancer, and Care

By Anne Boyer
Read by Amy Finegan

Recorded Books, Inc. 9780374279349
5.08 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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Award-winning poet and essayist Anne Boyer delivers a one-of-a-kind meditation on illness in the age of data?sharing her true story of coping with cancer, both the illness and the industry, in The Undying. A week after her forty-first birthday, the acclaimed poet Anne Boyer was diagnosed with highly aggressive triple-negative breast cancer. For a single mother living paycheck to paycheck who had always been the caregiver rather than the one needing care, the catastrophic illness was both a crisis and an initiation into new ideas about mortality and the gendered politics of illness. A twenty-first-century Illness as Metaphor, as well as a harrowing memoir of survival, The Undying explores the experience of illness as mediated by digital screens, weaving in ancient Roman dream diarists, cancer hoaxers and fetishists, cancer vloggers, corporate lies, John Donne, pro-pain "dolorists," the ecological costs of chemotherapy, and the many little murders of capitalism. It excoriates the pharmaceutical industry and the bland hypocrisies of "pink ribbon culture" while also diving into the long literary line of women writing about their own illnesses and ongoing deaths: Audre Lorde, Kathy Acker, Susan Sontag, and others. A genre-bending memoir in the tradition of The Argonauts, The Undying will break your heart, make you angry enough to spit, and show you contemporary America as a thing both desperately ill and occasionally, perversely glorious.

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Summary

Summary

Winner of the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction

A #1 Amazon.com bestseller in Breast Cancer

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Award-winning poet and essayist Anne Boyer delivers a one-of-a-kind meditation on illness in the age of data?sharing her true story of coping with cancer, both the illness and the industry, in The Undying. A week after her forty-first birthday, the acclaimed poet Anne Boyer was diagnosed with highly aggressive triple-negative breast cancer. For a single mother living paycheck to paycheck who had always been the caregiver rather than the one needing care, the catastrophic illness was both a crisis and an initiation into new ideas about mortality and the gendered politics of illness. A twenty-first-century Illness as Metaphor, as well as a harrowing memoir of survival, The Undying explores the experience of illness as mediated by digital screens, weaving in ancient Roman dream diarists, cancer hoaxers and fetishists, cancer vloggers, corporate lies, John Donne, pro-pain "dolorists," the ecological costs of chemotherapy, and the many little murders of capitalism. It excoriates the pharmaceutical industry and the bland hypocrisies of "pink ribbon culture" while also diving into the long literary line of women writing about their own illnesses and ongoing deaths: Audre Lorde, Kathy Acker, Susan Sontag, and others. A genre-bending memoir in the tradition of The Argonauts, The Undying will break your heart, make you angry enough to spit, and show you contemporary America as a thing both desperately ill and occasionally, perversely glorious.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Extraordinary and furious.” New York Times
“A rousing hybrid of memoir and manifesto.” NPR
“Amy Finegan’s performance showcases a wide palette of dramatic tools, all perfectly matched to every thought-provoking idea in this meditative work…Finegan’s interpretations and overall performance are outstanding…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“This elegant and eviscerating memoir…cuts like a righteous blade through the familiar bland heroics of the breast cancer ‘industry’…Call it a battle cry, call it a fury-fueled elegy, call it the work of a woman who will not be denied. In every way, The Undying should not be missed.” Booklist (starred review)

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Author Bio: Anne Boyer

Author Bio: Anne Boyer

Anne Boyer is a US poet, essayist, and author of several books. Her Garments against Women won the 2016 CLMP Firecracker Award, a 2018 Whiting Award, and the inaugural 2018 Cy Twombly Award. She was the Judith E. Wilson Fellow at Cambridge for 2018-2019.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 5.08
Audience: Adult
Language: English