Description - Thirty Days: A Journey to the End of Love by Mark Raphael Baker
Thirty Days is a portrait of grief, of a marriage and of a family. It is the moving memoir of Mark?s wife of 32 years, Kerryn Baker, who died ten months after her diagnosis, aged 55, from stomach cancer. It is also a study in how we construct our own version of the past, after Mark discovers a cache of Kerryn?s letters in the laundry cupboard and has to rethink their relationship. It is a book about memory and its uncertainties, as Mark sifts through photos and home movies, as his wife gets sicker, and his search for clues about their relationship grows more desperate. In her last days, Kerryn reveals her traumatic childhood to Mark for the first time. She emerges as the rock of the family, a brave and wise woman, clear-eyed about her treatment, focused on finding the path to a peaceful death. Paradoxically, her dying brings the couple back to the intensity of their first love. In the tradition of Paul Kalanithi?s When Breath Becomes Air and Cory Taylor?s remarkable memoir, Dying, Mark Baker?s Thirty Days is an inspirational book about death and dying.
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Author Biography - Mark Raphael Baker
Mark Raphael Baker is the author of The Fiftieth Gate- A Journey Through Memory, a best-selling and seminal book on his parents' experience during the Holocaust which won the NSW Premier's Literary Award.
He is Director of the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation and Associate Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the School of Historical Studies at Monash University, Melbourne. Mark was married for thirty-three years to Kerryn Baker, and has three adult children. He lives in Melbourne.