House of Anansi Press

In-Between Days

A Memoir About Living with Cancer

Written by Teva Harrison

Published April 23, 2016 | ISBN 9781487001100
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs

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Regular price $14.95 CAD

128 pages | 10.07 in × 6.88 in
Digital Format

About this book

In-Between Days

A Memoir About Living with Cancer

Teva Harrison

2016 Governor General's Literary Award Finalist

2017 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize Winner

2017 Joe Shuster Award Nominee

Teva Harrison was diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer at the age of 37. In this brilliant and inspiring graphic memoir, she documents through comic illustration and short personal essays what it means to live with the disease. She confronts with heartbreaking honesty the crises of identity that cancer brings: a lifelong vegetarian, Teva agrees to use experimental drugs that have been tested on animals. She struggles to reconcile her long-term goals with an uncertain future, balancing the innate sadness of cancer with everyday acts of hope and wonder. She also examines those quiet moments of helplessness and loving with her husband, her family, and her friends, while they all adjust to the new normal.

Ultimately, In-Between Days is redemptive and uplifting, reminding each one of us of how beautiful life is, and what a gift.

About the Author

Teva Harrison

TEVA HARRISON is a writer and graphic artist. She is the author of the critically acclaimed graphic memoir, In-Between Days, which is based on her graphic series about living with cancer published in The Walrus. In-Between Days was a finalist for the 2016 Governor General Literary Award for Nonfiction and wasnamed one of the most anticipated books of 2016 by the Globe and Mail, which also named the author one of 16 Torontonians to Watch. She has commented on CBC Radio and in the Globe and Mail about her experience. Numerous health organizations have invited her to speak publicly on behalf of the metastatic cancer community. She lives in Toronto.

Awards and Praise
Teva Harrison’s memoir is a frank, moving, powerfully minimalist yet deceptively complex work of art. With seemingly simple, but ingeniously pared-down strokes, Harrison bestows upon her readers the gift of complete empathy. Without forcing a thing she makes her readers FEEL how she feels — it’s remarkable! — and by the end of this powerful shared experience, by allowing her readers into her heart and mind, she occupies with us both our present and future. We’re all in great shape, we realize thanks to Harrison, as living, feeling, loving human beings.
  • Short-listed Governor General's Literary Award, 2016
  • Long-listed Joe Shuster Award, 2017
  • Winner Kobo Emerging Writers Prize for Nonfiction, 2017