Seven Year Summer

Finalist for the Whistler Independent Book Awards. Part memoir, medical guide and spiritual text, Seven Year Summer is the story of two women destined for death. While in her early 30s, Anna was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of lymphoma and spent over 2000 hours in Canadian hospitals. Seven years later, she met Eleanor, a woman in her 70s dying of renal failure. The two formed an unlikely friendship. Written largely while sitting bedside during the four weeks of Eleanor’s dying, Seven Year Summer seeks to uncover how a person can remain emotionally, psychologically and spiritually intact when bodily survival seems improbable. Explored through the nuances of individual illness, the narrative arcs towards the pattern of life, loss and renewal that is the structure and sequence of the natural world and human life