Treading the Maze by Susan E. King

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Each woman who learns she has breast cacner enters a maze of bewilderment, fear, and isolation. Family and friends are alos drawn in, unsure of which way to turn or what words to say. Artist and writer Susan King, herself diagnosed with breast cancer, has created a unique and beautiful book, a life-affirming journey through the labyrinth of disease.

In Treading the Maze, Susan King embarks on two voyages, braving the uncharted territory of cancer after setting off to explore the medieval Europe she had always dreamed of visiting. Transformed by her journey and the inspiration she found there, she has created a new path, a rich odyssey of words and images. Treading the Maze - with its crosshatching of alternating narratives and eluxive images - reflects the heightened awareness of being in the maze of illness. Here it is possible to find the unexpected connection between, for example, the red lasers of radiation therapy and the rose window at Chartres Cathedral - both healing mandalas, separated by the ages. Here is art from suffering, humor from the absurd, and a will to create from the specter of loss.

Touched with intimacy and profoundly moving, Treading the Maze offers a respite fro the spirit when the words of a friend or physician may not be enough; it is an inspirational gift of rare understanding.


About Susan E. King

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Susan E. King holds a dual degree -- M.L.S. and M.A. in Public History -- from Indiana University-Purdue University a Indianapolis. She became the archivist at Morrisson-Reeves Library in 2002 and has been immersed in Richmond's history ever since. This book is Morrisson-Reeves Library's contribution to the commemoration of Richmond's bicentennial.
Published March 1, 1997 by Chronicle Books. 84 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Religion & Spirituality. Non-fiction

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Through words and pictures, artist, writer and printer King melds the stories of two journeys--a trip to Europe in 1989 and the experience of breast cancer, which was diagnosed on her return--hoping t

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