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Publisher's Summary

In one year Julia Sweeney got a divorce (amicable), bought a small bungalow in Hollywood, and looked forward to a life that said, "Here dwells a happily single young woman!" But then the axe fell. Her younger brother, Mike, was diagnosed with terminal cancer and moved in with her. Her parents came to be with Mike and moved in with her, too. Julia was now on seriously intimate terms with the people she had spent half a lifetime growing up away from.

Just weeks before Mike died, Julia was diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer (what Mike called her "sympathy cancer"), and within days of burying her brother she underwent a radical hysterectomy, beginning her own journey through "the International House of Cancer".

Drawing from these Job-like travails, Julia wrote this remarkably funny and touching monologue about a family that managed to persevere with humor, grace, and love.

There's lots more Julia Sweeney available at Audible®! Just click here to download In the Family Way, her appearances on This American Life, her Un-Cabaret performances, and other great programs.
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Critic Reviews

"A grand achievement...a lesson in love and tolerance." (USA Today)
"Sweeney offers living proof that laughter is the only revenge." (The San Francisco Chronicle)

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  • Daniela
  • Mexico CityMexico
  • 05-05-09

Highly authentic and enterntaining

I love the way she tells the story, she makes you laugh at the same time she shares her life experiences and how she overcame what she had to go through and go on with her life. Truly enjoyable.

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  • E
  • Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
  • 04-26-09

Short but fun

Quick, witty, a great distraction for a long walk.

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  • Brad
  • Los Altos Hills, CA, USA
  • 02-13-09


I like learning many views on this subject.

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  • Angie
  • Kalispell, MT, USA
  • 01-01-09

too short

I need to know more... I love your family, I grieve your loss. I can't wait to hear more!!!