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Between Two Kingdoms

by Suleika Jaouad

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LoveReading Expert Review of Between Two Kingdoms

Between Two Kingdoms by Saleika Jaouad traces the emotional journey from cancer patient to cancer survivor. It’s beautifully written, raw and honest.

In Between Two Kingdoms, Saleika Jaouad traces her journey from her diagnosis of a rare form of leukaemia at a young age to remission and beyond. This deeply moving book is dark, raw and honest. The first half follows her experiences of the cancer treatments and how these affected her own identity, as well as her relationships with loved ones. The second half follows her fluctuating emotions as she shifted from being a cancer patient to being a cancer survivor with a ‘new normal’ way of living. After doctors told her she was ‘cured’, she took a road trip across the country with just her dog at her side, meeting strangers who had written to her in hospital offering their support. Saleika Jaouad is an exceptional storyteller and her book is beautifully written – I could feel the pain, anger, fear and passion behind her words as she learnt how to find meaning in life again. It’s a book about survival and support, hope and healing – not always an easy read but well worth the journey.

Victoria Goldman

Between Two Kingdoms Synopsis

We all face moments that bring us to our knees: heartbreak, trauma, illness. When things don't go to plan this is the book to reach for - an inspirational memoir about what we can learn about life from a brush with death.

At just twenty-two, on the cusp of adult life, Suleika Jaouad was diagnosed with leukemia and given a 35 per cent chance of survival. For the next five years, her world comprised four white walls, a hospital bed, fluorescent lights, tubes and wires. She became patient 5624. At twenty-seven, and celebrating her first year of remission, Suleika realized that, having survived, she now had no idea how to live. And so she set out to meet some of the many strangers who had written to her about their experiences of life, death, healing and recovery in response to her Emmy-Award winning New York Times column, 'Life Interrupted'. Between Two Kingdoms is the result. Drawing on Suleika's TED Talk, now with 3.5 million views, it illuminates universal questions about how we live, mourn, heal and grow up, and what it means to begin again. 

About This Edition

ISBN: 9781787632318
Publication date: 11th February 2021
Author: Suleika Jaouad
Publisher: Bantam Press an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 368 pages
Primary Genre Biographies & Autobiographies
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Suleika Jaouad Press Reviews

A phenomenal debut... This is a stunning memoir, well-crafted and hard to put down. - Publishers Weekly

A stunning debut by a powerful new voice and required reading for every kind of survivor. - Melissa Febos, author of Whip Smart, Abandon Me, & Girlhood

A phenomenal debut... This is a stunning memoir, well-crafted and hard to put down. - Publishers Weekly

Inspirational doesn't really cut it wen you're talking about Suleika Jaouad. - Refinery 29

Changing the conversation about what it mans to thrive in the wake of illness and life's unexpected interruptions. - TED

One of 2021's most highly anticipated new books. - Newsweek

A deeply touching account of learning to live in the now, because nothing else is promised. I loved it. - KATHRYN MANNIX, author of WITH THE END IN MIND

Suleika Jaouad's memoir is a work of breathtaking creativity and heart-stopping humanity. A story of her cancer journey on the surface, it goes beyond the cliches of inspiration , resilience and courage into the depth of her own pain and lost years, and also the spirits of countless strangers (sick and well) whom she meets along the highway of life and illuminates with rare generosity and grace. A deeply moving and passionate work of art, it's quite unlike anything I've ever read, and will forever be imprinted upon my heart. - ELIZABETH GILBERT, author of EAT PRAY LOVE

Will resonate with anyone who is living a different life than the one they had planned. - TARA WESTOVER, author of EDUCATED

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About Suleika Jaouad

Suleika Jaouad is an Emmy Award-winning writer, speaker, and the New York Times 'Life Interrupted' columnist. Her essays and reported features have appeared in The New York Times Magazine and Vogue. She is also the creator of The Isolation Journals, a global movement cultivating creativity during challenging times. Between Two Kingdoms is her first book.

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