Susan Conley

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The Foremost Good Fortune, by Susan Conley


Writer and breast cancer survivor Susan Conley
reads from her
new memoir 
The Foremost
Good Fortune

Wednesday, March 30, 2011
7:00 p.m.

Fox Chase Cancer Center Auditorium
Center Building
Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111-2497

As recounted in The Foremost Good Fortune, Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young sons say goodbye to their friends, family, and house in Portland, Maine, for a two-year stint in a high rise apartment in Beijing. There, they were "meant to grow as a family in that way you hear Americans do when they head east… to eat jiaozi and baozi and brown, pickled tea eggs and drive the crooked hutong alleys with screaming taxi drivers." But Susan can’t predict just how much their lives will change. When she learns she has breast cancer, it’s her own body in which she feels a stranger.

Susan Conley

Susan Conley

Mary B Daly, MD, PhD, FACP


Mary B Daly, MD, PhD, FACP, Chair of the Department of Clinical Genetics and Timothy R. Talbot Jr. Chair for Cancer Research, introduced Susan Conley.

Oprah Magazine picked The Foremost Good Fortune as one of its Top 10 Reads

"You hear about riveting prose, and this is it... This is a beautiful book about China and cancer and how to be an authentic, courageous human being."

Carolyn See, Washington Post, February 25, 2011
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Susan Conley's The Foremost Good Fortune Trailer. from Susan Conley on Vimeo.