I want to give fair warning to anyone reading this book: It will capture you from the beginning, and you will NOT want to put it down. Make sure you have plenty of time to read this before you start, so you can read it in its entirety at once. It is a very emotional book, but you will be glad you selected it.
I have had close family members with heart and other medical problems, and the nature of this book reminded me of their situations. Denial is never a good option when it comes to healthcare. You should always listen to your body and continue seeking medical attention until someone listens to you.
My favorite thing about this book, is that it highlights the success post-recovery, and demonstrates HOPE is not futile. On a personal level, I think hope is an important factor in one's fight against illness, and if someone believes and is willing to give it their all, they are more likely to be successful. I realize that isn't always the case, depending on the situation, but often, people DO beat their illnesses and recover.
This would be an excellent book to anyone fighting to beat an illness now, survivors of illness, or family members.
A young man escaped a twisted life in Upstate New York and fled to Manhattan to start over. We meet him later in the prime of his life building the American dream; only to find out that his world is about to be turned upside down. Suddenly he is faced with his own mortality, and the possibilty that he may be saying goodbye forever to his pregnant wife, young children, and the big white house he has built in a quaint Long Island suburb. "Barefoot in November" is about dying and living, not living and dying. It's a wrestling match between Man, God, and Destiny, and the stories that interconnect them. A story and characters so real; as if you are living it yourself.
***Disclosure: I was provided a complimentary copy of Barefoot in November courtesy of Center Street Publishing to facilitate my review. No positive review was required or requested, and all opinions expressed are 100% mine and were not influenced in any way.***