First diagnosed in 2013 with Stage VI colon cancer while on holiday in LA to attend her brother’s wedding, The Unwinding of the Miracle chronologically follows’s the life of Julie Yip-Williams, originally born in Vietnam to Chinese parents Julie had an unconventional start to life as her family feared how her future would be affected by her very poor eye-site.
Its not spoilers to mention Julie passed away five years after her diagnosis and this book is lovingly finished by her husband Josh; Julie leaves behind two young daughters and I think one of the most remarkable things in this book after Julie’s determination and honesty is the reaction and attitude of her daughters to her illness and some of the most heartwarming moments for me were when her young children offered up their words of support and comfort.
Cancer is a sensitive topic and has touched pretty much everyone’s lives either directly or indirectly so some may find this difficult reading and this is a raw honest account of the years following Julie’s diagnosis scattered with flashbacks to events in her childhood, its one of those books that’s painful to read but you struggle to put down; think When Breath Becomes Air; and I would recommend to anyone who enjoys non-fiction.
The Unwinding of the Miracle is due for UK release on 14th February. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for early access to this in exchange for an honest review.