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The Foremost Good Fortune

Conley, Susan (Book - 2011 )
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Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young sons say good-bye to their friends, family, and house in Maine for a two-year stint in a high-rise apartment in Beijing, prepared to embrace the inevitable onslaught of new experiences that such a move entails. But Susan can't predict just how much their lives will change. While her husband is consumed with his job, Susan works on finishing her novel and confronting the challenges of day-to-day life in an utterly foreign country: determining the proper way to buy apples at a Chinese megamarket; bribing her little boys to ride the school bus; fielding invitations to mysterious "sweater parties" and tracking down the faux-purse empire of the infamous Bag Lady; andnbsp;getting stuck in an elevator, unable to call for help in Mandarin. Despite the distractions, there are many occasions for joy.nbsp; From road trips to the Great Wall and bartering for a "starter Buddha" at the raucous flea market to lighting fireworks in the streets for the Chinese New Year and feasting on the world's best dumplings in back-alley restaurants, they gradually turn their unfamiliar environs into a true home. Then Susan learns she has cancer. nbsp;After undergoing treatment innbsp;Boston, she returns tonbsp;Beijing, again as a foreigner--but this time, it's her own body in which she feels a stranger. nbsp;Set against the eternally fascinating backdrop of modern China and full of insight into the trickiest questions of motherhood--How do you talk to children about death? nbsp;When is it okay to lie?--this wry and poignant memoir is a celebration of family and a candid exploration of mortality and belonging.
Authors: Conley, Susan, 1967-
Title: The foremost good fortune
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 276 p. ;,25 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Susan Conley
Notes: "This is a Borzoi Book" --T.p. verso
ISBN: 0307594068
9780307594068
Branch Call Number: B-C75218f 2011
Subject Headings: Portland (Me.) Biography Cancer Treatment China Beijing Cancer Patients China Beijing Biography Americans China Beijing Biography Beijing (China) Social life and customs Beijing (China) Biography Conley, Susan, 1967- Health Conley, Susan, 1967- Family Conley, Susan, 1967-
Topical Term: Cancer
Cancer
Americans
LCCN: 2010036000
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Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young sons say good-bye to their friends, family, and house in Maine for a two-year stint in a high-rise apartment in Beijing, prepared to embrace the inevitable onslaught of new experiences that such a move entails. But Susan can't predict just how much t... Read More »


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"For years, the only "big C" in the Conley family's life was China -- husband Tony often talked of the country he'd backpacked through and fallen in love with; he'd even learned Mandarin. Eventually, he took a job there, and he and his young American family -- wife Susan, six-year-old Thorne, and four-year-old Aiden -- moved to Beijing. But after being there just long enough to start to feel comfortable in their strange new world, Susan found a lump in her breast. Recounting her navigation of daily life, her two sons' acclimation to a new school, and everyone's adjustment to a life that includes cancer, this memoir is "beautifully written and insightful on many levels" (Booklist)." Armchair Travel August 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/64965980-43c5-4ed5-a895-2f447baa5413?postId=13cca37c-c72d-4631-8aee-90ff571fa742

Sep 26, 2011
  • Ridgerunner07 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A very moving account of her struggle with discovering breast cancer in a foreign country, with different customs, where she doesn't speak the language.

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