This Really Isn't About You (Paperback)Jean Hannah Edelstein (author)
Longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize 2019
Jean Hannah Edelstein was looking for love on OKCupid the night she lost her father. She had recently moved back to America to be closer to her parents, leaving behind the good friends, bad dates and questionable career moves that defined her twenties. But six weeks after she arrived in New York, her father died of cancer - and six months after that she learnt she had inherited the gene that determined his fate.
Heartbreaking, hopeful and disarmingly funny, This Really Isn't About You is a book about finding your way in life, even when life has other plans.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 196 g
Dimensions: 196 x 130 x 19 mm
'Deft, witty and profound ... Jean Hannah Edelstein's writing glows with a peerless clarity that had me turning the pages all night. A stunning book.' - Jessie Burton
'One of the most brilliant writers of her generation, as witty, wry and unsentimental as Nora Ephron ... a magnificent book, about families, mortality, love and the hard, necessary work of becoming an adult.' - Olivia Laing
'Never sentimental, this memoir is by turns extremely funny and extremely sad; Edelstein is a wonderful writer, and this is a stunning book.' - Stylist
'A most magnificent, beautifully written memoir. Unsentimental but heartbreaking, the voice - true and clear. Brilliant.' - Nina Stibbe
'Jean Hannah Edelstein is an exceptional writer, simultaneously wry and heartbreaking.' - Nikesh Shukla
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“I don't really understand the purpose of this book - not for me”
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