Q & A with Lisa Reisman

Lisa Reisman We were pretty excited when Lisa Reisman contacted us to see if she could join our Scarborough Faire Days Summer Signing series! Her memoir 5 Months 10 Years 2 Hours came out in March to acclaimed reviews, including the New York Times:

“Those in search of another treacly cancer memoir need not even glance at this… Reisman’s unflinching and moving tale puts to rest the image of patient as warrior… By linking her own ordeal to the triathlon she takes on to mark her 10-year anniversary, she reveals the true nature of cancer survival–not as a triumph of epic valor, but as a feat of endurance, forbearance, and true grit.”
                              -Lisa Sanders, MD. New York Times columnist

You want to read it, don’t you?5 Months 10 Years 2 Hours Make sure you come by and see Lisa this Wednesday!


Q: What’s the title of your new book?

A: 5 Months 10 Years 2 Hours

Q: Describe the book in one sentence.
A: When a disillusioned New York attorney decides to leave the law, buy a lipstick-red convertible, and hit the road, she doesn’t expect to wake up in a hospital bed with a malignant brain tumor and a prognosis of one year to live, or that ten years later, she’ll be competing in a grueling triathlon.

Q: What books are on your bedside table?
A: Love in the Time of Cholera (Gabriel Garcia Marquez); All the Light We Cannot See (Anthony Doerr); Being Mortal (Atul Gawande).

Q: How long have you been writing?
A: Since 1998, after I quit my job as a New York lawyer.

Q: Book you wish you could read again for the first time?
A: Pride and Prejudice (Jane Austen); Atonement (Ian McEwan); The Hours (Michael Cunningham); anything by Alice Munro.

Q: Favorite book and why:
A: It’s a tie between:
Mary Karr’s The Liars Club. It inspired me to try my hand at memoir by showing me how far you can stretch with language and tone and wit and compelling story without ranging into fiction.
Robert Caro’s collection of books on Lyndon Johnson, for the immense research involved in breaking down the story of LBJ into the tiniest details; for the fascinating subject; and for teaching me how our country came to be the way it is.

Q: What brings you to the Outer Banks?
A: Family reunion!


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