Susan Z. Keller
B L O O D B R O T H E R
A W A R D
Blood Brother has recently won a National Writer’s Advice Award
for the best first 1,000 words of a memoir.
BLOOD BROTHER is an unflinchingly raw and funny story about two-hundred days of grueling treatment
to eradicate a rare and frequently lethal lymphoma. This cancer flattens Susan Z. Keller, a successful, but anxiety-ridden woman, who frets about a puny retirement account, underarm wattle, and other issues of
even lesser concern.
Chemo vaporizes every hair on Susan’s body. A drug-induced psychosis convulses her to her core.
An infection nearly kills her. She gets advice from a urine-drinking cancer patient and is treated
by a cadre of doctors—a few inept, others unwavering in their kindness and dedicated work for a cure.
Still, her survival depends upon finding a hermetic, meditating brother no one has seen in thirty years.