The Bright Hour
The poet Nina Riggs is a direct descendant of Ralph Waldo Emerson. At the age of just thirty-seven, and with two young sons, she is diagnosed with breast cancer. She and her husband are initially hopeful about the outcome, but within a year, she is told that her cancer has metastasized and is terminal. In this profound and beautiful memoir, Riggs allows the reader to accompany her as she attempts to come to terms with her own mortality, and as she meditates on those aspects of humanity that make living truly worthwhile.