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** The Cost of Hope by Amanda Bennett

The Cost of Hope: A Memoir tries to do two things: tell the story of the author’s courtship and marriage to her first husband and tally the enormous costs of caring for his kidney cancer (although the diagnosis remains uncertain, years after his death). It’s a bit of a strange mix, and it did not work for me, although I very much enjoyed the personal story, of a delightfully eccentric man, a challenging marriage, and family routines that get reinvented over and over. Perhaps the accounting exercise could have been partitioned more artfully , if not jettisoned?

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