by Marisa Acocella Marchetto - £12.99 HarperCollins (2007)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780007258963 | ISBN 10: 0007258968
"What happens when a shoe-crazy, lipstick-obsessed, wine-swilling, pasta-slurping, fashion-fanatic, single-forever, about-to-get-married big-city girl cartoon-ist with a fabulous life finds...a lump in her breast?"
That's the question that sets this powerful, funny, and poignant graphic memoir in motion. In vivid colour and with a taboo-breaking sense of humour, Marisa Acocella Marchetto tells the story of her eleven-month, ultimately triumphant bout with breast cancer - from diagnosis to cure, and every challenging step in between.
But Cancer Vixen is about more than surviving an illness. It is a portrait of one woman's supercharged life, and a wonderful love story. Marisa, self-described "terminal bachelorette," meets her Prince Charming in Silvano, owner of the chic Manhattan resaurant Da Silvano. Three weeks before their wedding, she receives her diagnosis. She wonders: How will he react to this news? How will my world change? Will I even survive? And...what about my hair?
From raucous New Yorker staff launches and the star-studded crowd at Silvano's restaurant to the rainbow pumps Marisa wears to chemotherapy, Cancer Vixen is an inspiring, uplifting original. Marisa's wit and courage are an inspiration.
More information about the book can be found at: www.cancervixen.com
"Cancer Vixen is a visually electric read, but it's also a good old-fashioned story of triumph - starring a New York woman with great shoes, fast-talking friends and the most honest dialogue I've ever read about what it's like to face disease. Cancer Vixen is 100% unputdownable. This is not a treacly survival story, not an expected woe-is-me tale - it's a lively, surprising and completely absorbing story of single life, love, best friends, clothes, work travails, New York apartments, late dinners...and yes, cancer. I just love this book."
(Cindi Leive, Glamour)
(Price & availability last checked: June 2018)
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