Bring Back My Body to Me

Bring Back My Body to Me

Rita Ciresi / Sep 21, 2019

Bring Back My Body to Me Getting cancer in your twenties is hardly a picnic But in this sparkling romantic comedy by Rita Ciresi two young cancer survivors manage to meet fall in love and live to laugh about it Twenty seve

  • Title: Bring Back My Body to Me
  • Author: Rita Ciresi
  • ISBN: 2940013686168
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Nook
  • Getting cancer in your twenties is hardly a picnic But in this sparkling romantic comedy by Rita Ciresi, two young cancer survivors manage to meet, fall in love, and live to laugh about it Twenty seven year old Francie Malarkey has one remaining relative left on earth her Great Uncle Sol, a concentration camp survivor whose last grand mission is to see Francie happily mGetting cancer in your twenties is hardly a picnic But in this sparkling romantic comedy by Rita Ciresi, two young cancer survivors manage to meet, fall in love, and live to laugh about it Twenty seven year old Francie Malarkey has one remaining relative left on earth her Great Uncle Sol, a concentration camp survivor whose last grand mission is to see Francie happily married preferably to a cardiac surgeon Francie, however, has zero interest in getting hitched to some guy who actually knows the Latin names for her intimate body parts Although she would love to claim that she met Mr Right at a noisy New Year s Eve party, her initial encounter with her husband to be comes to pass in a hushed hospital waiting room marked with fallout shelter symbols Joel Goldman like Francie is a young cancer survivor who happens to be sitting underneath a warning sign DANGER RADIATION IN USE that seems to imply that love is a risky business best undertaken by AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY Francie and Joel s courtship would be a dream come true if only Great Uncle Sol would stop insisting that Francie needs to marry a doctor instead of a guy who already has one foot in the grave if only Joel s doctor father would stop trying to micromanage his son s medical care and if only Francie and Joel learn to accept the fact that any person on earth can pass through death s door without a moment s notice Bring Back My Body to Me quarterfinalist for the Breakthrough Novel Award and runner up for the Faulkner Wisdom Novella Award illustrates that sometimes the deepest and most abiding relationships result from our most trying experiences.

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      • Rita Ciresi

        Rita Ciresi was born in New Haven, Connecticut, a city which serves as the backdrop for most of her fiction Ciresi is the author of three award winning novels and two short story collections that address the Italian American experience.Her latest novel, Bring Back My Body to Me, was a semi finalist for the Breakthrough Novel Award and a runner up for the Faulkner Wisdom Novella Award Publishers Weekly called it sensitive, funny, and charming a refreshing entry to the very clogged sub genre of cancer lit Her first collection of short stories, Mother Rocket, won the Flannery O Connor Award for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 1993 Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction.Her first novel, Blue Italian, was published in hardcover in 1996 by Ecco Press and in paperback by Delacorte Press in 1997 In 1999, it was translated and published as Blau ist die Hoffnung by Goldmann Verlag, Munich Blue Italian was selected by Barnes and Noble as part of their Discover New Writers Series Reviewers have praised the novel as follows Rita Ciresi s beautifully written, bittersweet first novel examines love and marriage with unflinching honesty The ending, with its moving, explicit sense of loss, resonates long after the book is closed Elle There is a sure hand and a keen eye reporting from the two ethnic camps Despite their faults and excesses the characters are funny and sympathetic in their misery New York Times This is honest, earthy, warm, and funny as well as heartbreaking Highly recommended Library Journal There is real substance in this tragicomic story of two people with smart mouths and starved hearts groping their way towards a love they don t get much chance to enjoy Publisher s Weekly A remarkably accomplished debut Booklist Ciresi s second novel, Pink Slip was published by Delacorte in 1999, and by Delta Trade paperbacks in 2000 It was translated into German as Ein Mann fur Lisa Goldmann Verlag, Munich and into Dutch as Vlinders Arena Publishers, Amsterdam Pink Slip was the winner of the 1997 Pirate s Alley Faulkner Prize for the Novel and an alternate selection of the Literary Guild and the Doubleday Book Club Critical response to Pink Slip was as follows Wit and humor are the keys to this lively novel Mademoiselle It s refreshing to find a female narrator with an authentically lusty voice New York Times A moving love story Redbook Ciresi mixes the tragic and the comic aspects of love in hilarious fashion Tampa Tribune Times Bright characters and sharp dialogue make this witty romantic comedy a worthy sequel to the author s admirable Blue Italian Dallas Morning News Pink Slip amuses from start to finish Penn Stater.Ciresi s volume of linked short stories, Sometimes I Dream in Italian, was published in 2001 to positive reviews from Kirkus, Publisher s Weekly, and newspapers from the St Petersburg Times to the New Haven Advocate The New York Times Book Review listed the volume under its New and Noteworthy Paperbacks and stated, Ciresi has a lovely ear for dialogue and the ability to nail the details in descriptions that are both funny and painfully accurate The collection was a Book Sense 76 pick and a finalist for the Paterson Fiction Prize it was translated into German by Goldmann Verlag as Italienische Kusse.Remind Me Again Why I Married You is a sequel to Pink Slip Told in alternating voices, Remind Me explains what happens when a man who values his privacy above all else marries a woman who is writing a tell all novel.


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    1. Short novel only available on the kindle. Francesa lost her mother to cancer when she was a teen and has a special bond with Sol, her great uncle. After Francie is diagnosed with breast cancer, she meets Joel in the radiation waiting room. Six weeks later they are engaged. I have loved this author's past books, but I didn't really connect with this one much and was skimmed the last half.


    2. I laughed, I cried, I loved it. Both beautiful and heart-wrenching, this tale of a young woman with breast cancer is full of life.


    3. Got to wonder why a book written recently was set in 1997 - it was weird - guessing to make the age of her uncle/his experiences work


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