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The Unwinding of the Miracle

A Memoir of Life, Death and Everything That Comes After
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
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Random House presents the audiobook edition of The Unwinding of the Miracle by Julie Yip-Williams.

Born blind in Vietnam, Julie Yip-Williams narrowly escaped euthanasia at the hands of her grandmother, only to have to flee the political upheaval of the late 1970s with her family. Loaded into a rickety boat with 300 other refugees, Julie made it to Hong Kong and, ultimately, America, where a surgeon gave her partial sight. Against all odds, she became a Harvard-educated lawyer, with a husband, a family, a life. Then, at the age of 37, with two little girls still at home, Julie was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer, and a different journey began.

Growing out of a blog Julie kept for the last four years of her life, The Unwinding of the Miracle is the story of a vigorous life told through the prism of imminent death, of a life lived vividly and cut too short. With glorious humour, bracing honesty and the cleansing power of well-deployed anger, her story is inspiring and instructive, delightful and shattering. More than just a tale about cancer, it's about truth and honesty, fear and pain, our dreams, our jealousies. And it's about how to say good-bye to your children and a life you love.

Starting as a need to understand the disease, it has evolved into a powerful story about living - even as Julie put her affairs in order and prepared to die.

©2019 Julie Yip-Williams (P)2018 Random House Audiobooks

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"A searing memoir.... I didn't know Julie, but in these pages I grew to love her." (Lucy Kalanithi) 

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A must read!

An excellent book, a must read/hear. Julie depicts her struggle with cancer but in doing so she also reveals a much deeper dimension - the beauty and struggle of life that every human being faces. Thank you Julie for sharing your journey with us, my life is so much richer thanks to you.

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Beautifully written, heart wrenchingly honest

Not for the faint hearted. This incredible woman’s ability to pull life apart to its basic parts, offering insight that lightens the perception of even the darkest situation.