Adult Nonfiction RC280.U8S92 1997
Summary: Hilarious, unflinchingly honest, and moving, Julia Sweeney's autobiographical one-woman show God Said, "Ha!" wowed critics and audiences in Los Angeles and on Broadway.Â Â Now she has expanded her show into a memoir of one disastrous year in her life. In 1995, after an amicable divorce, Julia Sweeney bought a bungalow in Hollywood, settling in with her three cats to begin a rich, independent life of blissful solitude and personal growth.Â Â Her new home, she thought, would be a haven of domesticity and a cozy venue for fabulous dinner parties, and her new life would be the envy of her neighbors.Â Â But then, God said, "Ha!" One month after her move to Los Angeles, Julia's younger brother Michael was diagnosed with terminal lymph cancer.Â Â Julia's new home became Michael's, and then transformed into the Sweeney family center, as their parents moved from Spokane and took up residence in Julia's bedroom.Â Â Suddenly Julia's days revolved around Michael's chemotherapy sessions, and the gracious details of her dreamed-of life crumbled under the reality of sleeping on her sofa bed and finding her own kitchen filled with her parents' favorite beer and convenience foods.Â Â Julia coped by sharing the daily travails of the Sweeney family in poignant and hilarious detail at the Uncaberet in Los Angeles--from the minor disasters of everyday life, to the adjustments of living in close quarters with the people she'd spent half a lifetime growing up and away from, to the terrors and heartaches life-threatening illness brings. Then when it seemed things couldn't get worse, they did.Â Â Just weeks before Mike died, Julia was diagnosed with a rare form of cervical cancer--her "sympathy cancer," as Mike called it--bonding them in a giddily black-humored club of two: the "International House of Cancer." Within days of burying her brother, Julia underwent a radical hysterectomy and began her solo journey through this house she'd never expected to move into, a house she had until now seen only from the outside looking in. Profoundly inspiring and courageously funny, God Said, "Ha!" marks the debut of a remarkable young writer.
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