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The Unwinding of the Miracle

A Memoir of Life, Death, and Everything That Comes After
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As a young mother facing a terminal diagnosis, Julie Yip-Williams began to write her story, a story like no other. What began as the chronicle of an imminent and early death became something much more - a powerful exhortation to the living.

“An exquisitely moving portrait of the daily stuff of life." (The New York Times Book Review - Editors’ Choice)

That Julie Yip-Williams survived infancy was a miracle. Born blind in Vietnam, she narrowly escaped euthanasia at the hands of her grandmother, only to flee with her family the political upheaval of her country in the late 1970s. Loaded into a rickety boat with 300 other refugees, Julie made it to Hong Kong and, ultimately, America, where a surgeon at UCLA gave her partial sight. She would go on to become a Harvard-educated lawyer, with a husband, a family, and a life she had once assumed would be impossible. Then, at age 37, with two little girls at home, Julie was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer, and a different journey began. 

The Unwinding of the Miracle is the story of a vigorous life refracted through the prism of imminent death. When she was first diagnosed, Julie Yip-Williams sought clarity and guidance through the experience and, finding none, began to write her way through it - a chronicle that grew beyond her imagining. Motherhood, marriage, the immigrant experience, ambition, love, wanderlust, tennis, fortune-tellers, grief, reincarnation, jealousy, comfort, pain, the marvel of the body in full rebellion - this book is as sprawling and majestic as the life it records. It is inspiring and instructive, delightful, and shattering. It is a book of indelible moments, seared deep - an incomparable guide to living vividly by facing hard truths consciously. 

With humor, bracing honesty, and the cleansing power of well-deployed anger, Julie Yip-Williams set the stage for her lasting legacy and one final miracle: the story of her life.

Praise for The Unwinding of the Miracle

“Everything worth understanding and holding on to is in this book.... A miracle indeed.” (Kelly Corrigan, New York Times best-selling author)

“A beautifully written, moving, and compassionate chronicle that deserves to be read and absorbed widely.” (Siddhartha Mukherjee, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Emperor of All Maladies)

©2019 Julie Yip-Williams (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critiques

“As a physician, I have always struggled to find the perfect balance between hope and honesty when talking to my patients. While they are often thought of as opposites, Julie Yip-Williams reminds us they can coexist in a beautiful and meaningful way. In The Unwinding of The Miracle, we are treated to a beautifully written story that is also at times brutally candid about the realities of her cancer diagnosis and treatment. It is increasingly rare to find such an authentic voice, one that will inform and inspire you.” (Sanjay Gupta, MD)

“Julie Yip-Williams lived a life defined by effort and incredible self-reliance. But in this searing memoir of increasing vulnerability, she dismantles and then reconstructs what it means to be triumphant. Her writing examines not only her disability and illness - and their cultural, medical, and narrative constructs - but love, authenticity, hope, egotism, even rage. I didn’t know Julie, but in these pages, I grew to love her.” (Lucy Kalanithi)

“[When] Yip-Williams was diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer at the age of thirty-seven in 2013, she decided to write her story, which resulted in this inspiring and remarkable work that chronicles her immigration to the U.S. and her final five years.... [Her] wise and moving account of her battle with cancer is an extraordinary call to live wholeheartedly.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) 

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  • Betsy Crane
  • 12/02/2019

Marvelous

I encourage everyone living and dying, as we all are, to read this book. Even better listen. Take it in. Feel the tears. Contemplate the wisdom. I feel so thankful.

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  • 11/02/2019

Beautiful and heartbreaking

The narration was perfect The author depicts hope, anger, love and insights into living with cancer and living life in the face of our own mortality Beautifully done Highly recommended

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  • 13/02/2019

Excellent book!!!

One of the best, most honest
books I've read. Everyone needs to hear Julie's story.