An intellectually exhilarating memoir-meets-examination of cancer (both illness and industry) in the age of data, from an award-winning poet and essayist.
Anne Boyer is a U.S. poet and essayist. In 2018 she was the inaugural winner of the Cy Twombly Award for Poetry and the recipient of a Whiting Award in non-fiction/poetry. Her books include A Handbook of Disappointed Fate (2018) as well as several volumes of poetry, including The Romance of Happy Workers (2008) and the CLMP Firecracker Award-winning Garments Against Women (2016). Normally based in Kansas City, Missouri, she is the Judith E. Wilson Fellow at Cambridge for 2018-2019.
A classic - a book that expands in all directions to fill an
empty space in the literature of illness. I have long thought of
Boyer as a genius against genius, speaking from the sea of people
in a voice that cannot help but be heard above the others, it is so
clear and strong. And The Undying is a book that is
beautifully against: against cancer, against easy metaphors, above
all against "the pink ribbon on the for-sale sign on the mansion"
-- Patricia Lockwood, author of Priestdaddy
This is a powerful, timely, and troubling book. Boyer's unflinching account of the market-driven brutality of American cancer care sits beside some of the most perceptive and beautiful writing about illness and pain that I have ever read -- Hari Kunzru, author of White Tears
Anne Boyer's radically unsentimental account of cancer and the 'carcinogenosphere' obliterates cliche. By demonstrating how her utterly specific experience is also irreducibly social, she opens up new spaces for thinking and feeling together. The Undying is an outraged, beautiful, and brilliant work of embodied critique -- Ben Lerner, author of 10:04
Anne Boyer is an essential voice, and this is an essential book: one body's urgent attempt at finding a language to tell us what it knows -- Jonathan Lethem, author of The Feral Detective