Requiem for My Brother

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D&M Publishers Incorporated, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 232 pages
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In 1992, Marian Botsford FraserOCOs brother Dave was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Eight years later, as he struggled with increasing disability, he discovered that he had melanoma, which quickly metastasized. In this poignant memoir, Botsford Fraser describes her brotherOCOs illness and death, their deepening relationship after years spent apart, her role as his caregiver in the final months of his life, and, finally, the curious mix of sorrow and soaring she felt in the hour of his death. In vivid detail, she recounts how, as adults, they forged an enduring bond when they took a canoe trip along the Coppermine River, battling numbness of mind and muscle and surviving a plunge through the rapids in a rock-filled gorge. Most of all, she remembers Dave ? his pain and frustration, his passivity and pride, and his sudden lightness and humor. This book is her tribute to him.

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About the author (2006)

Marian Botsford Fraser is a freelance writer, broadcaster, and critic whose work has appeared in Granta, Walrus, The Globe and Mail, and Toronto Life. She is the author of Solitaire: The Intimate Lives of Single Women and Walking the Line:Travels along the Canadian/American Border. She is a long-time contributor to CBC Radio’s Ideas program and has served as a guest host for various CBC Radio programs. She lives in Stratford, Ontario.