Dying: A Memoir by Cory Taylor – Book Review

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Our society is fearful of death. Fearful of talking about death, fearful of debates around euthanasia, fearful of what this means for those who are facing death and those who are left behind. Dying: A Memoir is the story of Cory Taylor, a writer and mother who, after she has no further treatment options against melanoma, must face death.

The book is in three parts and it is no surprise that it is an emotional read. But it is beautiful, recounting her life, her family and the choices that they all face. I am sure many will avoid it, not wanting to face the difficult subject matter, but I urge you to look beyond this. Taylor’s writing is brave and entertaining. It is one woman’s truth and a truth that deserves reading.

Dying: A Memoir was long listed for the 2017 Stellar Prize.

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