Friday, October 2, 2009
Between Me and the River
Book Review for Between Me and The River by Carrie Host.
This book was a haunting portrayal of a woman battling a rare and fatal form of cancer.
Sounds uplifting right? Well, no. It is about a woman with cancer, but it wasn’t depressing oddly. It wasn’t a litany of regrets or a weep-fest. It wasn’t full of anger. It wasn’t full of God.
It was full of honesty and poetry.
Carrie Host is truly a gifted writer. Her tone is simplistic and profound. Her words are beautiful and poignant. There are times that she gets a bit verbose, but she does have cancer after all.
What really touched me about Carrie’s story was the sheer poetry of her language. Her metaphors are well constructed. Her imagery is woven with the perfect blend of truth and sadness.
It is beautifully done.
What could have been simply a long run on of “woe is me” became a touching love letter from Carrie to her children, one of whom was an infant when she was diagnosed.
But it wasn’t just her remarkable ability to transcend her expierence into beautiful words and phrases. Carrie Host also told of her pain and suffering with an honesty and an attention to detail that makes the reader feel a part of her personal struggle.
Again, it was beautiful.
The book made me value my health, want to reach out to my mother, and learn more about carcinoid cancer.
Carrie Host is still alive, still writing, and her story is one that will touch and stay with you forever.
I highly recommend it.