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by Janet Reibstein

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ISBN:
0747555931
ISBN13:
978-0747555933
Author:
Janet Reibstein
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (September 16, 2002)
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256 pages
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Staying Alive is the beautifully wrought memoir of three generations of family life, beginning in depression-era Paterson, New Jersey, where the three Smith sisters-Janet Reibstein's mother and two aunts-and their close-knit extended, Jewish family settle in the New World.

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Finally, I hope this book repays my family's and relatives' support, and that I have succeeded in balancing their right to privacy with the demands of the story I have tried to tell.

Lyric excerpts of 'Bali Ha'i' and 'Happy Talk'. Finally, I hope this book repays my family's and relatives' support, and that I have succeeded in balancing their right to privacy with the demands of the story I have tried to tell. Janet Reibstein, Exeter, UK, March 2002. A note on the author. Janet Reibstein is a university lecturer, clinician, writer and broadcaster on the psychology of relationships. Born in America, she lives in the UK with her husband and two sons, and is currently teaching at the University of Exeter.

Told by Janet, Regina's daughter, STAYING ALIVE is the story of the sisters - their battle with what seemed an invincible .

Told by Janet, Regina's daughter, STAYING ALIVE is the story of the sisters - their battle with what seemed an invincible foe and the toll it took on their personalities, their sisterhood, their marriages and their children, particularly their daughters who, too, were likely to be victims. An American, she lives in the UK with her husband and two sons, currently teaching at the University of Exeter.

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Staying Alive: A Family Memoir. This is a very brave book, and a good read for professionals caring for families with a high risk of breast cancer. Bloomsbury, £. 9, pp 252. 508-a (Published 28 August 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:508. This intimate family story explores the dynamics of a cancer (or precancer) diagnosis in not just one beloved relative but five women in a family: the author–who was found to have many individual primary sites of carcinoma in situ after prophylactic surgery–her mother, two aunts, and a cousin. ISBN 0747555931.

Janet Reibstein is a university lecturer, clinician, writer and broadcaster on the psychology of relationships. Her last book, Staying Alive: A Family Memoir, was published by Bloomsbury in 2002. She has written three previous books about relationships, marriages and family. An American, she lives in the UK with her husband and two sons, and currently teaches at the University of Exeter.

Staying Alive: A Family Memoir Janet Reibstein's mother and two aunts grew up in New Jersey amid a close-knit, extended Jewish family set apart only by a genetic propensity for breast cancer. Over fifty years, the disease claims Janet's two aunts, then her mother, then a cousin. Finally Janet must face the far-reaching decision of whether to undergo a preemptive mastectomy herself

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They were three beautiful, promising sisters, daughters of Jewish immigrants - Mary, Fannie and Regina, young women during the pre-war depression. In a tragic twist of fate, all three were to be diagnosed with breast cancer. Fannie died first, a young mother of three, then in the next decade, Mary, both lonely, painful deaths; while Regina struggled against her recurrent cancer until she was 64. Told by Janet, Regina's daughter, STAYING ALIVE is the story of the sisters - their battle with what seemed an invincible foe and the toll it took on their personalities, their sisterhood, their marriages and their children, particularly their daughters who, too, were likely to be victims. At the centre is the intense relationship between Regina and Janet bound by love and a genetic curse - and ultimately, Janet's momentous and far-reaching decision to be free of it.Candid and deeply moving, STAYING ALIVE is a truly inspiring story of survival, of hope and the possibility of overcoming destiny.
Reviews:
  • Yayrel
True story and I was related to some of the characters....that was why I bought it. Found out interesting aspects of the family that I was unaware of. Because of of Angelina's recent surgery, book was very timely to read.
  • Tygrarad
Once upon a time there were three beautiful sisters: that's how fairy stories ae supposed to begin. And that is how in the real world the story of life in America did begin, for the daughters of one Jewish-American family, Mary, Fannie and Regina. But there was a secret darkening the future that awaited these sisters, a secret that had followed them from Europe and from the past. It is the gradual unfolding of this secret, that Janet Reibstein, the daughter of Regina, tracks as finally it comes to play out in her own generation too.
Looking back with the intensity of a child's vision, she recreates a world, so that we too relish its fabrics, its colours and textures. She makes the pleasure in clothes and dress that the sisters shared live again for us to share. And she also invites us to share her own journey within that family, as one by one her aunts and even her own mother arre diagnosed with the same illness, breast cancer. But instead of a story of doom, Staying Alive is a story of survival, of proactive, intelligent struggle.
You can read this book with pleasure as a family memoir exploring the generations in an American immigrant family. But what makes it truly compelling is the insight it offers into the relationship between mother and daughter, between Regina and Janet, both clearly extraordinary women but like so many mothers and daughters often painfully at odds.The sensitivity with which Reibstein reconstructs her mother's inner life using her last journals bears witness though to the strength of the bond between them.
Regina is the last of the sisters to be diagnosed; time and methods of treatment have moved on and these allow her to live to the age of sixty-four. How Janet herself copes as a grown woman with the threat posed by her genetic inheritance is the thread which carries the story into the present. Her own struggle against fear and her determination to obtain the very best advice concerning the treatment of breast cancer make this a book to put into the hands of any woman who ;has been diagnosed or who lives in fear of such a diagnosis.
I learned a lot from this book, not least about mothers and daughters-and I loved the clothes.
  • JOGETIME
Beautifully written book about the struggles of a family with a history of cancer. It was informative, heartwarming and at the same time heartbreaking to read about the three sisters and how they struggled and lost their fight against Cancer. The book told how much courage Janet's Mother (Regina) and her two sisters Fannie and Mary had in their battle. I learned how much medical procedures have advanced since the depression-era. It is also a compelling story of how Janet Reibstein (the author) took a pro-active role in beating the cancer for herself. I would highly recommend this book to anyone facing this challenge and their families as well. It also describes how it affects the whole family and how they cope with all of these emotions.
  • Sharpbringer
I'm in awe of the strength that the author possessed to take on such a decision as well as the strength that her mother had during her battle with cancer. I'm sure this book will have an impact on everyone who reads it.