The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying
In 2015 poet and writer Nina Riggs was diagnosed with breast cancer, and it metastasised later that year. She was thirty-eight years old, married to the love of her life and the mother of two small boys; her mother had died only a few months earlier from multiple myeloma. The Bright Hour- A Memoir of Living and Dying is Nina's intimate, unflinching account of 'living with death in the room'. She tells her story in a series of absurd, poignant and often hilarious vignettes drawn from a life that has 'no real future or arc left to it, yet still goes on as if it does'. This unforgettable memoir leads the reader into the innermost chambers of the writer's life- into the mind and heart, the work and home and family, of a young woman alternately seeking to make peace with and raging against the reality of her approaching death.
Nina Riggs lives with her husband and sons and dogs in Greensboro, North Carolina. She received her MFA in poetry in 2004 and published a book of poems, Lucky, Lucky, in 2009. She writes about life with metastatic breast cancer on her blog, Suspicious Country; her work has recently appeared in the Washington Post and New York Times.