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About this book
- Shortlisted for the 2009 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First Book!
- Shortlisted for the 2009 Relit Award!
Cleavage tracks the patchwork musings of Leah, who, at twenty-four years old and two years into a relationship, discovers she has breast cancer. Told in fragments reminiscent of A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews, Cleavage details Leah's struggles with her illness and treatments, the conflict between her disease and her boyfriend, her ambivalence toward her job, and a long-standing feud with her mother and only sister.
"The writing is superb.... As Steinbeck was a master of painting landscape with his words, Bischoff is well on her way to mastering the telling of thought, movement, and dialogue."
"This is an ambitious book and an interesting one."
"I'd highly recommend this strong debut, that touches on being young and dealing with something that can be just as terrifying as love."