Friday, May 14, 2010

The Friday 56

* Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
* Turn to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post that sentence (plus one or two others if you like) along with these instructions on your blog or (if you do not have your own blog) in the comments section of this blog.
*Post a link along with your post back to this blog.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

 Mine comes from the book that I'm currently reading called Finding Frances by Janice M. Van Dyck:

"The door that required a magic combination closed firmly behind her. Sugar grew just a little calmer when she saw that the tile, the nurse's desk and all of the wood work were pink; not the greasy green of the rest of the hospital."

From Amazon:
Is there such a thing as a good death? Frances Baldwin is dying and instead of fearing the end, she welcomes death as a consequence of her terminal condition. Frances regards any marginally effective medical intervention as interfering with life s natural process. This quality of life discussion is at the heart of author Janice Van Dyck's family drama, Finding Frances. The novel examines the moral and ethical constraints imposed by modern medicine as a family faces end-of-life decisions. Frances asks her son, William, a medical school drop-out, to help her deal with his own lawyer brother Randy, his divorced sister Sugar, and father-in-denial Bill. William is faced with the demanding and complex task of mediating the divergent opinions of each family member and the medical establishment in an attempt to honor his mother s desire to have a peaceful death. Finding Frances brings into focus the larger cultural, ethical, and legal issues confronting everyone today in this age of patients rights versus institutionalized healthcare. Janice Van Dyck confronts these difficult issues with a deft hand in bringing out the subtleties of all of the characters points of view. The story is a tribute to human dignity exemplified by an exceptional and inspirational woman, who in the author s words, "...died as she lived with dignity and occasional flashes of brilliance and hilarity." Finding Frances is a novel based on actual events.


Suko said...

This is a meme that's completely new to me!

Finding Frances sounds very touching.

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

I hadn't heard of this book, but it sounds very poignant.

A Simple Love of Reading said...

Not my cup of tea, but thanks for sharing! ;)

Alice Teh said...

I've seen this meme around. Thanks for sharing, Natalie!

Kah Woei said...

Here's my contribution from 1 of the books on the shelf just in front of my eyes.