Whether writing from a summer cabin in the Minnesota woods, or from a vintage brownstone condo near downtown St. Paul, Mary Gardner, an established author and teacher, writes A Very Little Cancer in a light and humorous style. A shorter work in ebook format, A Very Little Cancer marks a departure from Mary’s novels, as it is a first-person account of her journey from breast cancer diagnosis through treatment to full health and recovery.
You’ll find yourself smiling at her wry observations written in conversational style, whether she’s describing her cast of characters or relating her driving adventures, such as finding that the radiation clinic is ironically located on “Beam Avenue.” Even the cover design (by her granddaugher), hints at Mary’s sense of humor!
Mary Gardner was born in Wisconsin and has lived in a dozen American cities, with brief stints in Germany and Slovakia. A former Woodrow Wilson Fellow with a master’s degree in English from the University of Chicago, Gardner teaches two courses in novel writing at the Loft, a community writing center in Minneapolis.
Gardner’s first novel, Keeping Warm, was published in 1987 and was followed by Milkweed (1993), Boat People (1996), and Salvation Run (2005). Her most recent literary appearance was as co-author of Outlaw Biker: My Life at Full Throttle (2008), the autobiography of Richard “Deadeye” Hayes. Her shorter work has been published in The New York Times, Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Anthology of New England Writers, and Friends Journal.
A Very Little Cancer is her first e-book.
Mary will be giving a presentation about her book next month at The Loft Literary Center in downtown Minneapolis. Titled The Story of a Book: Mary Gardner, Mary’s presentation will be on Friday, November 21, at 7:00 pm in the Performance Hall at the Loft at Open Book*. You are invited to attend, and hear Mary talk about how this book came to be, and what made it different. She’ll also have copies of the print version available for purchase.
*The Loft Literary Center, Open Book, 1011 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55415
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