Left on Tenth: A Second Chance at Life

Hachette Audio. Apr. 2022. 7:39 hrs. ISBN 9781549164613. $25.98. MEMOIR
Ephron, the younger sister of Nora Ephron and her writing and producing partner on films including You’ve Got Mail and Sleepless in Seattle, reads her emotional roller-coaster of a memoir with a relaxed, confidential tone. Ephron begins her tale in 2015 when her husband of 32 years is entering hospice care after a decade-long battle with prostate cancer. After he dies, she is left alone in their Greenwich Village apartment. Ephron was still mourning the loss of her force-of-nature sister Nora, who had died two years earlier after a secret six-year battle with leukemia. A year after her husband’s death, Ephron meets a widowed doctor who had briefly dated her when she was 18. Just when her life starts resembling a rom-com written by her and her sister, Ephron is diagnosed with the same cancer that felled her sister. Her only option is a bone marrow transplant that turns into a horrifying months-long hospitalization that leaves her depressed, in constant pain, and suicidal.
VERDICT Ephron gives a brave, emotional, and unforgettable reading of her precise and moving memoir of death, illness, and survival.
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