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COLLEEN OAKLEY

 

Before I Go (2015)

 

At 27, masters student Daisy has survived one bout of breast cancer but she now discovers that it has returned with a vengeance - and she only has months to live. Her biggest concern is what will happen to her domestically challenged husband, Jack. With Jack busy trying to finish up his veterinary degree, Daisy - a lover of organisation and lists - finds herself searching for someone to take care of him after she's gone. But the search for his new wife isn't something she can easily tick off her list - not least because she and Jack are struggling to come to terms with the inevitability of her illness. Although you know this isn't going to end well, this wasn't as heart-wrenching as I expected - and I mean that in a good way. The story is still powerfully emotional and captivating but those who fear a heavy and depressing read can rest assured, this is neither. Oakley explores Daisy's cancer diagnosis, her resulting grief and anger, and her changing relationships with others with complete assurance. It will be one of this year's must-reads. 8/10

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