How much can we lose and still remain whole?
In the course of her life, Ginny Jordan has been diagnosed with breast cancer, undergone surgeries and chemotherapy, experienced debilitating vertigo, and other conditions; at the same time as she has been a daughter, wife, mother of three, and member of a large, active family.
In prose that is startling and evocative, witty and generous, Clear Cut explores biographically, symbolically, and culturally the meanings of nine different parts of the body, of how much we can lose and still remain whole and know who we are. Jordan mourns for and celebrates the wisdom and beauty of body and soul as they struggle to find endurance in the face of multiple setbacks, and the courage to confront loss and separation and celebrate life and community instead.
This book was amazing, and listening to the author read it herself on the audiobook is a phenomenal experience. Ginny Jordan has managed to take her experience with cancer and other health issues and turn it into a memoir that really stays with you. I don’t know if I would have been able to stay sane if I had to fight my way through so many illnesses and treatments, let alone find the calm, meditative tone that Jordan maintains as she reads.
The prose is highly lyrical and highlights Jordan’s experience of living through one ordeal after another. The book is about emotion, about the subjective experience of undergoing cancer or developing Meniere’s disease or watching those you love suffer their own ailments. It is about letting go of parts of yourself, and about trying to be human in the midst of the clinical world of modern medicine. Jordan’s voice (both literal and figurative) shines through the work. Maybe not every metaphor lands perfectly, but the ones that do stay with you.
Listening to the audio book, you really get a sense of just how much Jordan really went through, and how thoroughly she has overcome it. It is a treat to listen to her share the wisdom.