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Title: Time on Fire: My Comedy of Terrors
Publisher: Little Brown & Co (T)
Publication Date: 1996
Binding: Soft Cover
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Issued without a dust Jacket
Edition: First Edition
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Based on the author's one-man off-Broadway show, a candid memoir of illness and survival describes his diagnosis with acute myeloid leukemia, his bizarre odyssey in and out of medical centers and hospitals, and his humor and determination in the face of fear. 20,000 first printing. $30,000 ad/promo. Tour.From Publishers Weekly:
While some adaptations from theater go limp as prose, Handler has expanded his off-Broadway play about surviving leukemia into a captivating memoir. Laced with anger, punctuated by humor and fueled by his indomitable will to survive, Handler's story is entertaining, harrowing and ennobling. A successful actor, at 24 he was forced to face his mortality. He provides gimlet-eyed portraits of an often uncaring (yet sometimes deeply loving) medical world and the ugly procedures he must undergo. To survive, Handler learned "opportunistic optimism," drawing on inspirational literature, even consulting a psychic, all the while aided by his girlfriend, Jackie. He's forced to confront his family's craziness and his own emotional traumas. He can find humor in retelling his predicament?as in describing hospital sex?while his accounts of the mental bargains he and other patients make suggest a reckoning with ultimates. Readers will be appalled at instances of the often substandard medical treatment he receives and spellbound by his attempts to monitor his recovery. Considering himself "one of the very luckiest of the unluckiest people," Handler speaks with a fresh voice that is entirely riveting. Author tour.
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