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A father's love letter in the wake of cancer

Author and illustrator Elisha Cooper
Courtesy of Elisha Cooper/Christopher Smith
Author and illustrator Elisha Cooper

In his new memoir, “Falling: A Daughter, A Father, and a Journey Back,"  author Elisha Cooper recalls how he and his family faced and survived his daughter Zoe’s cancer.

The act of reflection, some years after the events, is cathartic for Cooper. The result is the chronicle of a life-changing period, marked by terrifying uncertainty and resilience. He tells the story with humor and a palpable sense of awe. 

Cooper is a writer and illustrator known for his children’s books, among them "Homer." He spoke at The Elliott Bay Book Company on August 11. Jennie Cecil Moore recorded his talk.

Please note: This talk includes some unedited language of an adult nature.

Web Exclusive: Listen to the full talk below

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