Lisa Reisman

5 Months 10 Years 2 hours

2015 Santa Fe Writers Project Award Winner

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"Those in search of another treacly cancer memoir need not even glance at this... Reisman's unflinching and moving tale puts to rest the image of patient as warrior. By linking her own ordeal to the triathlon she took on to mark her 10 year anniversaryshe reveals the true nature of cancer survival — not as a triumph of epic valor, but as a feat of endurance, forbearance and true grit."

—Lisa Sanders, MD, New York Times columnist and fellow cancer survivor

Beautiful. I had sunk $110 to wake up at 4:30 a.m. on a cold, dark Sunday morning to swim a half-mile loop in frigid waters, cycle fourteen miles, and run four through slicing winds and driving rain. Three hundred others had done the same. One had just slapped me mid-stroke in the face. Another kicked me in the gut. When I came back up for air, a hand scooped a stream of Long Island Sound water into my open mouth. It tasted like scum.

It was my first triathlon. At that moment I believed it would be my last.

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5 Months 10 Years 2 Hours
by Lisa Reisman
170 pages
$16.00 paperback ISBN 9781937402709 
$9.99 ebook ISBN 9781937402716
Published by Outpost 19 | San Francisco
Available where all fine books are sold.

cover image:
Colin Hart
The Social House, Dublin, Ireland


Lisa Reisman's 5 Months 10 Years 2 Hours will be available in print and ebook formats on March 1, 2015. Published by Outpost 19 Books.

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