Thank you to Suzy Approved Book Tours, Heather Frimmer and SparkPress for this gifted book!
What is your favorite type of relationship to read about?
For me – it’s definitely a good mother-daughter dynamic. It can be sweet, charming, and beautiful – but can also be strained, contentious and exhausting! It’s definitely one of the most complicated of all the relationships… and I know that first hand!
I’m not going to lie and pretend like I didn’t have a few reservations about starting this one. A book about breast cancer? I read for pleasure and I don’t like to cry! And most of you know I went through this with my own mother 2 years ago. Did I really want to go there?
But here’s where I landed on my decision to read this one:
It takes real bravery to tackle a subject like cancer. And Heather is a professional – she’s actually a physician who specializes in diagnostic radiology and breast imaging. I’ve also had the pleasure of meeting her several times and she is just as lovely as one could imagine and I commend her for not only tackling such a hard subject – but she did it SO WELL.
“Drawing from her experience as a radiologist, Frimmer’s poignant debut examines a beautifully authentic mother-daughter relationship and the challenges inherent in a breast cancer diagnosis. Her writing is both heartfelt and astute―this book will stick with you long after you’ve finished reading it.”
―Emily Liebert, USA Today bestselling author
Marnie is in the midst of completing medical school and in a wedding planning whirlwind when her mother is diagnosed with cancer. She needs to find that balance of being doctor and being a daughter, and the challenges that come with young love, in-laws, and family dynamics.
Joyce is busy planning Marnie’s wedding when her entire life gets turned upside down. Cancer doesn’t care if you have huge life events going on and she struggles to ask for help and let her family in. She must learn that being supported by others – even complete strangers – is not such a bad thing.
“Gripping, tender, and insightful, Bedside Manners is a testament to the intensity of a career in medicine and the transcendent bonds of family … my absolute favorite kind of book.”
―Kimmery Martin, author of The Queen of Hearts
I admit – at one point about 3/4 into the story I bawled my eyes out at a point that related really close to my mom’s own story and it was interesting for me to be inside of Joyce’s head. But this book is NOT SAD. You, in fact, will laugh at many points in the story. It’s written so beautifully and gracefully – you’ll definitely have a hard time putting it down.
This is a lovely story about relationships and leaning on others when time gets tough and that sometimes comfort comes in the most unexpected places.
It’s ultimately a book about life. And living it.
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: SparkPress (October 16, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1943006687
- ISBN-13: 978-1943006687
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About the Book
As Joyce Novak’s daughter, Marnie, completes medical school and looks ahead to a surgical internship, her wedding, and a future filled with promise, a breast cancer diagnosis throws Joyce’s own future into doubt. Always the caregiver, Joyce feels uncomfortable in the patient role, especially with her husband and daughter. As she progresses through a daunting treatment regimen including a biopsy, lumpectomy, and radiation, she distracts herself by planning Marnie’s wedding.
When the sudden death of a young heroin addict in Marnie’s care forces Marnie to come face-to-face with mortality and her professional inadequacies, she also realizes she must strike a new balance between her identity as a doctor and her role as a supportive daughter. At the same time, she struggles with the stark differences between her fiancé’s family background and her own and comes to understand the importance of being with someone who shares her values and experiences.
Amid this profound soul-searching, both Joyce and Marnie’s futures change in ways they never would have expected.
Heather Frimmer is a radiologist by day specializing in diagnostic radiology and breast imaging, and an avid reader and writer at all other times. She enjoys all types of books and writes book reviews for Books, INK. She lives in Connecticut with her husband and two sons.