The Book of Jesse by Michael Rowe
A Story of Youth, Illness, and Medicine

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The story of a young man who dies at the age of 19 from complications of a liver transplant. Written by his father who was by his son's side throughout his struggle and at the moment of his death, the book is about parents and children, doctors and patients, and the perils and promise of high-technology medicine. The author's quest to salvage meaning from disaster through a journey of exploration into Jesse's life and death stands at the center of the book.

About Michael Rowe

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Michael Rowe is the author of Enter, Night (CZP) and has received the Lambda Literary Award and the Spectrum Award. He was a finalist for the International Horror Guild, Sunburst, Aurora and National Magazine Awards. Clive Barker has lauded Rowe for “changing the face of horror” with his Queer Fear anthologies.
Published September 10, 2002 by Francis Press. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Rowe was also able to capture and transcribe tender moments like Jesse's hesitation about being moved to the top of the donor list for a new liver, and Rowe's wife (Jesse's stepmother) putting Chapstick on the young man's dry lips a few days before his death.

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