Daughter Of Family G: A Memoir Of Cancer Genes, Love And Fate by Ami MckayDaughter Of Family G: A Memoir Of Cancer Genes, Love And Fate by Ami Mckay

Daughter Of Family G: A Memoir Of Cancer Genes, Love And Fate

byAmi Mckay

Hardcover | September 24, 2019

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Weaving together family history, genetic discovery, and scenes from her life, Ami McKay tells the compelling, true-science story of her own family''s unsettling legacy of hereditary cancer while exploring the challenges that come from carrying the mutation that not only killed many people you loved, but might also kill you.

The story of Ami McKay''s connection to a genetic disorder called Lynch syndrome begins over seventy years before she was born and long before scientists discovered DNA. In 1895 her great-great aunt, Pauline Gross, a seamstress in Ann Arbor, Michigan, confided to a pathology professor at the local university that she expected to die young, like so many others in her family. Rather than dismiss her fears, the pathologist chose to enlist Pauline in the careful tracking of those in her family tree who had died of cancer. Pauline''s premonition proved true--she died at 46--but because of her efforts, her family (who the pathologist dubbed ''Family G'') would become the longest and most detailed cancer genealogy ever studied in the world. A century after Pauline''s confession, researchers would identify the genetic mutation responsible for the family''s woes. Now known as Lynch syndrome, the genetic condition predisposes its carriers to several types of cancer, including colorectal, endometrial, ovarian and pancreatic.
     In 2001, as a young mother with two sons and a keen interest in survival, Ami McKay was among the first to be tested for Lynch syndrome. She had a feeling she''d test positive: her mother''s side of the family was riddled with early deaths and her own mother was being treated for the disease. When the test proved her fears true, she began living in "an unsettling state between wellness and cancer," and she''s been there ever since. Intimate, candid, and probing, her genetic memoir tells a fascinating story, teasing out the many ways to live with the hand you are dealt.
AMI McKAY is the author of three internationally bestselling novels--The Birth House, The Virgin Cure and The Witches of New York and the recent yuletide novella, Half Spent Was the Night. She began her writing career as a freelance radio journalist, and in 2001 wrote and produced a radio documentary, also called Daughter of Family G, ...
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Title:Daughter Of Family G: A Memoir Of Cancer Genes, Love And FateFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:320 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.81 inShipping dimensions:320 pages, 9 X 6 X 0.81 inPublished:September 24, 2019Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345809467

ISBN - 13:9780345809469

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Editorial Reviews

“Ami McKay’s memoir is a deep and relevant meditation on navigating the terrain between the genes we inherit and the life we choose. For McKay, despite a life-threatening mutation, it is life-affirming family love that triumphs.” —Pauline Dakin, author of Run, Hide, Repeat“Ami McKay’s book mourns all that is lost, but is no tragedy. Instead, she celebrates the ancestors who contributed so much to our understanding that cancer is in part hereditary. More importantly, she teaches us through moving stories and memories how to live and live on beyond the grasp of destiny.” —JJ Lee, author of The Measure of a Man“This beautifully told, genre-bending story is part mystery and part love story that reads like historical fiction. I couldn’t put it down. It’s the rare book that makes you laugh, cry and learn so much.” —Tina Cassidy, author of Mr. President, How Long Must We WaitPRAISE FOR THE WITCHES OF NEW YORK:“[An] enchanting novel, the characterization is particularly adept. . . . The writing . . . is woven together with depth and intensity into a vibrant tapestry. . . . Highly recommended.”  —Booklist (starred review)“This might only be Ami McKay’s third novel, but she has already become one of the country’s most beloved storytellers.” —The Globe and Mail“[A] magical little book . . . Witches may be McKay’s best effort yet in the way it combines humour, the occult and history into a fascinating and fun novel of women supporting each other.” —The Vancouver Sun