It Takes a Worried Man: A Memoir

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RANDOM HOUSE, 2003 - Biography & Autobiography - 255 pages
In September 2000, Brendan Halpin discovered that his thirty-two-year-old wife had stage four breast cancer. On October 7, he sat down to begin writing about what happens to a man who fears that his best friend might leave him forever.

While his wife's condition is always in his thoughts, Halpin's memoir focuses more on the day-to-day, moment-to-moment concerns of a young English teacher forced into the role of temporary single parent to his young daughter, forced to test his relationship with his wife, and forced to face his own fears.

It Takes a Worried Man brilliantly skewers everyone from medical professionals to family members and details how work, pop music, and movies about flesh-eating zombies helped to save Halpin's sanity. His rants about popular culture, God, and children's birthday parties add levity and a fast pace to the narrative.

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User Review  - laurustina - LibraryThing

Having just finished "It Takes a Worried Man", I have to give Halpin props for one of the best last lines ever. Maybe BEST isn't the correct word. Maybe RIGHTEST is, except I'm pretty sure that RIGHTEST isn't a real word. In this case though, it should be. Read full review


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A husband's frank, conflicted recollections of coping with his young wife's stage-four breast cancer.Brendan, a Boston high-school English teacher, and wife Kirsten are both 32 when she is diagnosed ... Read full review


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About the author (2003)

Brendan Halpin is a thirty-three-year-old high school English teacher. He lives in Boston with his wife, Kirsten, and their daughter, Rowen. It Takes a Worried Man is his first book.

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