WINNER OF THE 2020 PULITZER PRIZE IN GENERAL NONFICTION
The Undying is a startling, urgent intervention in our discourses about sickness and health, art and science, language and literature, and mortality and death. In dissecting what she terms ‘the ideological regime of cancer, ‘ Anne Boyer has produced a profound and unforgettable document on the experience of life itself. –Sally Rooney, author of Normal People
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 The Topeka School
A week after her forty-first birthday, the acclaimed poet Anne Boyer was diagnosed with highly aggressive triple-negative breast cancer. For a single mother living paycheck to paycheck who had always been the caregiver rather than the one needing care, the catastrophic illness was both a crisis and an initiation into new ideas about mortality and the gendered politics of illness.