Making art lets us articulate things that are bothering us. In doing so, it helps us heal.
Imagine being in a foreign country and being diagnosed with a potentially terminal illness. Imagine not having the words to describe your concerns and being faced with a culture which had different ideas about treatment. The Foremost Good Fortune by Susan Conley is a poignant, sometimes funny memoir about a bewildered outsider confronting her own mortality.
A cancer memoir unlike any other, Meredith is by turns scathing, bitter, sarcastic, peevish, neurotic, and above all hilarious as her experience as a patient allows her to digress on the dilettante’s life she’s led and the assorted characters she’s met.