When Jessica Handler was eight years old, her younger sister Susie was diagnosed with leukemia. To any family, the diagnosis would have been upending, but to the Handlers, whose youngest daughter, Sarah, had been born with a rare, fatal blood disorder, it was an unimaginable verdict.

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A heartfelt, painful family saga, skillfully told by a survivor.

— Kirkus Reviews

Braving The Fire is the first book to provide a road map for the journey of writing honestly about grief and loss.

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Braving the Fire is brilliant, profound, thorough, and a delight. Through writing, it takes you to the core of your loss, honoring the uniqueness of your voice and ultimately revealing the beauty and power of your story, whatever it may be.

— Susan Zimmerman, author of Keeping Katherine and Writing to Heal the Soul

I’m the author of Braving the Fire: A Guide to Writing About Grief and Loss.

My first book, Invisible Sisters: A Memoir, was named one of the “Twenty Five Books All Georgians Should Read” and Atlanta magazine’s “Best Memoir of 2009.” I write essays and nonfiction features, too, which have appeared on NPR, in Tin House, Drunken Boat, Full Grown People, Brevity, Newsweek, The Washington Post, and More Magazine.

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