Me and My Semicolon
by Rani Middleton
Afterword by Nathan Laird
Paperback edition: $24.95
Due for release October 2020
Me and My Semicolon is a young mother’s day-by-day account of her journey through bowel cancer, from the shock of the first diagnosis until days before her death.
Rani Middleton writes with a raw immediacy – keenly observant of the small things, while at the same time grappling with life’s big questions as she comes to terms with her prognosis. She is a gifted writer, pitilessly honest about the hard parts, but leavening the awfulness with moments of fun, enchantment, and enjoyment of the absurd. Her sense of being blessed by her loving family and community of friends never fails.
Rani’s husband, Nathan Laird, completed the manuscript not long after losing his soulmate, with an elegiac account of their last weeks together.
More than a book about dying, Me and My Semicolon is a lesson in how to live. It is an inspiring story about love, grief, hope, courage and acceptance.
Trent Dalton (Boy Swallows Universe) describes Rani’s story as, ‘…a truly harrowing, often hilarious, always illuminating literary odyssey’.
About Rani Middleton