Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy

Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy


By Manjusha Pawagi


An unexpected, wry, and funny memoir about one woman's experience with cancer.

Manjusha Pawagi, a successful family court judge, has written a not-so-typical memoir about her experience with cancer. Wryly funny and stubbornly hopeful, this is her quirky take on what it’s like to face your own mortality when, to be honest, you thought you’d live forever. She describes how even the darkest moments of life can be made worse with roommates; details how much determination it takes to ignore the statistics; and answers the age-old question: what does it take to get a banana popsicle around here?

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About the Author

Manjusha Pawagi was a journalist, children’s author and lawyer before being appointed a family court judge in 2009. Her children's book The Girl Who Hated Books is an international bestseller, translated into more than a dozen languages and made into an award-winning animated short by the National Film Board of Canada. She lives in Toronto with her husband Simon and children Jack and Anna.

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Product Information

  • Release: October 10, 2017

  • $19.95 Paperback

  • 288 Pages

  • 5.5 x 8.5

  • Adult Nonfiction

  • ISBN: 9781772600452

Awards for Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherpy

  • 2018 Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour - Longlisted

Praise for Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherpy

"By turns heartbreaking, uplifting, witty and wise, Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy is a profound and inspiring testament to the power of love, beautifully written by a woman of extraordinary gifts, and I don't just mean writerly gifts. We should all aspire to confront life's challenges with the wisdom, grace, humour and, yes, love, that guide Manjusha Pawagi on her journey. She is a wonder, and so is this book."
- Terry Fallis, two-time winner of the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour for The Best Laid Plans and No Relation

"Manjusha Pawagi carries us on her journey through a territory that is unspeakably rough, with all the humor and grace that any traveller can muster. We learn with her what it feels like to be knocked off-course at the prime of life, and to work one’s way back. Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy is touching, funny, and a privilege to read."
- Danielle Martin, MD., author of Better Now: 6 Big Ideas to Improve Health Care for All Canadians

"Courage. Honesty. Wit. These are the qualities that distinguish Manjusha Pawagi, both as a person, and a writer. Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy is a moving demonstration of this character, in life and in prose."
- Andrew Pyper, author of Lost Girls, The Killing Circle, and The Guardians

"... candid and often funny... Pawagi's inexhaustable sense of humour does not neutralize so much as complicate her terror and despair... Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy is full of such revelations, which emerge from among minute details as is often the case with memoirs, but their frequency and richness here is due largely to the author's honesty." - Quill & Quire

"Pawagi shares a painfully honest and surprisingly funny account of her cancer treatments and the search for a stem cell donor who could save her life.... Pawagi expertly walks the tightrope between humor and heartbreak. Readers will celebrate her return to health and take heart from it." - Publishers Weekly

"For a writer to elicit tears and exuberant laughter in the same book is an accomplishment. Such is the triumph of Manjusha Pawagi's Love and Laughter in the Time of Chemotherapy." - Atlantic Books Today