Suleika Jaouad with Cheryl Strayed
We are delighted to be able to add this ‘last-minute’ program, coming in the wake of the publication of Emmy Award-winning writer, speaker, cancer survivor, and activist Souleika Jaouad’s most extraordinary memoir, Between Two Kingdoms: A Memoir of a Life Interrupted (Random House). Helping make this online program even more engaging will be that joining her in conversation will be much-loved author (Wild) and sage human being Cheryl Strayed. As challenging as it is to get word out on first books (or most any books) in these pandemic times, word is getting out on this account of indelible spirit in facing death and also in truly facing life.
“I want to describe Suleika Jaouad with words like ‘courageous,’ ‘resilient,’ ‘vulnerable,’ and ‘inspiring’—but I understand that, for cancer survivors, these words can feel like empty clichés. The problem is, these words are true. Suleika Jaouad is courageous, resilient, vulnerable, and inspiring. And her memoir about her cancer journey is a work of breathtaking creativity and heart-stopping humanity. Jaouad’s story goes where you never expect it to go—not only into the depths of her own pain and lost years, but into the spirits of countless strangers (sick and well) she meets along the highway of own her life and illuminates with rare generosity and grace. This is a deeply moving and passionate work of art, quite unlike anything I’ve ever read. I will remember these stories for years to come, because Suleika Jaouad has imprinted them on my heart.”—Elizabeth Gilbert.
“A beautiful, elegant, and heartbreaking book that provides a glimpse into the kingdom of illness . . . Suleika Jaouad avoids sentimentality but manages to convey the depth of the emotional turmoil that illness can bring into our lives.”—Siddhartha Mukherjee.
“When the life we had is snatched away, how do we find the conviction to live another? Between Two Kingdoms will resonate with anyone who is living a different life than they planned to live. This is a propulsive, soulful story of mourning and gratitude—and an intimate portrait of one woman’s sojourn in the wilderness between life and death.”—Tara Westover.