Twice the Marrow: Reviews - Excerpts and Links

"And Twice the Marrow of Her Bones can take you far from your expectations of a book about losing a child to cancer. The amazingly clear, honest prose can ennoble you no matter what you believe before reading the memoir.... Therapists and bereaved relatives would do well to read this memoir several times."
- Yocheved Golani, The Jewish Press: 
"While focusing on the author's deeply Jewish experience and perspective, And Twice the Marrow of Her Bones is inspiring to people of all faiths, or none. A must-read for both my Jewish and Christian students and colleagues."
- Dr. Debbie Weissman, President, International Council of Christians and Jews
 “And Twice the Marrow of Her Bones is a heartfelt, honest, illuminating and ultimately uplifting book, as one follows a family’s steadfast refusal to give up, even in light of crushing odds."
- Brian Blum, "Israelity":
"The book’s structure is a key part of its impact. It enables the reader first to experience the tragedy, and then to think back on it. It’s not a usual pattern for a book of this type.... But it turns out that the intensity of the story of loss that fills the book’s first half almost requires the retrospection of its second half....We owe [Susan Avitzour] thanks for allowing us to share something of a shadow of her pain."
- Haim Watzman, author of Company C and A Crack in the Earth, in "South Jerusalem":

“In clear, moving prose, Susan teaches us all how to handle a burden that seems more than one person can bear. I couldn't put the book down. Sometimes it made me cry, sometimes laugh, and always it made me think. It is one of those books that you want to pass on to a friend as soon as you finish it.”
- Linda Gradstein, NPR contributor
"And Twice the Marrow of her Bones is an exercise in capturing and sharing pure, untainted emotion.  The subtitle is "A Mother's Memoir" and that doesn't come close to describing this book.  The closest description I can come up with is that this book IS a mother's love.... In the end, you will feel as though you have been given one of the greatest gifts in existence, a mother's pure, unconditional love. 
I am afraid there aren't enough colors on the Rainbow Scale to rate And Twice the Marrow of Her Bones.
- Joyce Anthony, "Books and Authors":  
"[Susan's] labor of love is useful to many different audiences: 
-Families of children grappling with serious illness can open their eyes and process their own unique experiences with more lenses and on a variety of levels, without self judgment but with the benefit of time and experience.
-Psychologists and social workers can see the benefit of relating to siblings and the whole family dynamic.
-Pastoral caregivers will find deep insights into prayers, synagogue experiences and Torah text that can help universalize or open up the experience of their patients.
-Rabbis and synagogue staff will become sensitized to the volatile and intense effect holiday times have on memory, pain and alienation of grieving families.
-People of faith may grow from hearing the story of a faith retained yet burnished with more doubt and nuance.
For your mind, your heart and your spirit, get this book and open the first page. You will not put it down, and you will be transformed."
- Rabbi Miriam Berkowitz, co-Director of Kashouvot, an organization dedicated to Pastoral Care
"The writing is beautiful, and even though some people try and stay away from a non-cheery read, I really suggest you give it a shot. There is just something about this book that made it hard to put down … something about this mother that made me want to try harder and do better. It’s one of those books you will want to read and recommend to others."
- Jody Nicholl, in "Susan Heim on Parenting":