Acts of Love: A Memoir

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Coteau Books, 2008 - Biography & Autobiography - 243 pages
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An award-winning personal memoir of enduring love and painful loss throughout an eventful life, told in a series of vignettes by an exceptional journalist. Using writing that ensnares one with its lively candor and its unrestrained intimacy, veteran writer and broadcast journalist Pat Krause draws her readers into a journey that few would choose but even fewer will escape - the experience of living through the illness and eventual death of her lifelong partner. Like the pages of a cherished photo album, the 19 "stories" in Acts of Love present snapshots of these interwoven lives. Around the details of their common front in the daily battle with disease, Pat arranges her recollections of their life together - their family, their travels, their many friends, and the love that endured through it all. One such memory is of the life and death of her famous father, Dr. Allan Blair, a pioneer in cancer research. The result of it all is a powerful love story which reveals a great sense of loss for which readers will feel empathy. The manuscript of Acts of Love was the winner of the John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award, while several of its individual pieces were also award winners

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About the author (2008)

Pat Krause was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, where her father, the well-known doctor Allan Blair, was on the medical faculty of the University of Alabama. When her family returned to Canada in 1934, they lived in Winnipeg, Indian Head, Toronto, and in 1939, moved back to her father's home town of Regina.

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