Edited by Barbara Lockwood
Best of 2019 according to Kirkus Reviews.
A fun, funny, and heartbreakingly real memoir of a woman’s fight against terminal brain cancer. The writing is honest, charming, and full of cuss words. Suzanne Samples teaches English at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. She was diagnosed with a frontal lobe glioblastoma multiforme at 36. She loves roller derby and lives on the side of a mountain with her pets Gatsby, Prufrock, and Duffles. Featured in swag bags for the 2019 Golden Globe presenters and nominees.
“A uniquely poetic memoir with dark humor and profound insights.” — STARRED Kirkus Review.
“Frontal Matter, like all great memoirs, combine the writer’s urgent need to tell her story with a keen awareness of why the world needs to hear it. In this beautifully written book, Suzanne Samples confronts not only disease and mortality, but friendship, love, identity, and an artist’s struggle to create lasting work. The book is moving and wise, with unexpected moments of clever humor. That Samples wrote it while facing down a terminal disease is a testament not only to her strength but to her immense talent. We are lucky that Samples has given us Frontal Matter, so that we can spend time in her intelligent, charming company–both while she is still with us, and long after her bright light has gone out.” — Acclaimed author of After the Eclipse