Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Give it purpose -- fill it with books, DVDs, clothes, electronics and more. Susan Conley s debut memoir, The Foremost Good Fortune, was an Oprah Magazine Top Ten Pick, a Goodreads Choice Award Finalist and won the Maine Award for Memoir. The book tells the story of a three-year stint in a high rise apartment in Beijing, where they re meant to grow as a family in that way you hear Americans do when they head east to eat jiaozi and baozi and brown, pickled tea eggs and drive the crooked hutong alleys with screaming taxi drivers. But Susan can t predict just how much their lives will change. The writer Jeanne-Marie Laskas of GQ Magazine calls the China we see in The Foremost Good Fortune, gritty, unforgiving, and magnificently perplexing how fitting a backdrop for a journey into motherhood.
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Susan encounters a series of firsts in Beijing: how to buy apples at a Chinese mega-market whether or not to bribe her little boys to ride the Beijing school bus how to respond to invites to mysterious Sweater Parties tracking down the faux -purse empire of the infamous Bag Lady and getting stuck in a high-rise elevator, unable to call for help in Mandarin. Then Susan learns she has breast cancer, and it s her own body in which she feels a stranger. It s a wry and poignant memoir full of insight into the trickiest questions how do you talk to children about death? When is it okay to lie? In the end The Foremost Good Fortune is also a celebration of family and a candid exploration of mortality and belonging. Com. This preview is provided by Google, with the permission of its publishers and authors. Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young sons say good-bye to their friends, family, and house in Maine for a two-year stint in a high-rise apartment in Beijing, prepared to embrace the inevitable onslaught of new experiences that such a move entails. But Susan can’t predict just how much their lives will change. While her husband is consumed with his job, Susan works on finishing her novel and confronting the challenges of day-to-day life in an utterly foreign country: determining the proper way to buy apples at a Chinese megamarket bribing her little boys to ride the school bus fielding invitations to mysterious “sweater parties” and tracking down the faux-purse empire of the infamous Bag Lady and getting stuck in an elevator, unable to call for help in Mandarin.
Despite the distractions, there are many occasions for joy. Then Susan learns she has cancer. After undergoing treatment in Boston, she returns to Beijing, again as a foreigner—but this time, it’s her own body in which she feels a stranger. Set against the eternally fascinating backdrop of modern China and full of insight into the trickiest questions of motherhood—How do you talk to children about death? When is it okay to lie? —this wry and poignant memoir is a celebration of family and a candid exploration of mortality and belonging. Please note: The price displayed here is for information only as it may differ from the price currently offered at Kobobooks. Please confirm the price prior to purchasing your eBook from Kobobooks.
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A deeply affecting story of loss, heartache, and finally hope. Visitors can view some of BookBrowse for free. Full access is for members only. Your guide to exceptional booksBookBrowse seeks out and recommends books that we believe to be best in class. Books that will whisk you to faraway places and times, that will expand your mind and challenge you -- the kinds of books you just can't wait to tell your friends about. When her husband Tony landed a job in Beijing and moved there ahead of his family, she and their two young sons packed up their belongings and their lives in Maine and journeyed to the East. A woman in transition, Conley stepped off the plane into a land of transitions: the ancient beauty and power of the Great Wall, the manic preparations for the coming Olympic games, poverty and wealth sitting cheek-to-cheek on city streets. She describes her own misadventures, misgivings and mistakes with humor in The Foremost Good Fortune, her animated account of her daily life in her new home. As she struggles to learn the language, to absorb the stark cultural differences between her old life and her new one, and to provide stability for her sons while her husband is consumed with his own job, Conley discovers some lumps on her breast that send her to the local hospital in Beijing. Because the medical staff seem indifferent to her fears, she returns to the U.
S. For medical care and eventually undergoes a mastectomy in a Boston hospital. After a six-week period of convalescence at home in Maine, she returns to Beijing, to Tony and her sons. On the first anniversary of her mastectomy, Conley gets stuck in the elevator in their high-rise apartment building, and all the anger, fear, anxiety and feelings of inadequacy that have been lurking just beneath the surface of her daily life are revealed in a phone call to her husband. When she emerges from the elevator, she decides that she should lose track of the date of her mastectomy. In the end, she recognizes that words are what get me up in the morning. . Because the stories of our lives live on.