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Blood Brother won the 2017 national Writer Advice’s

Scintillating Starts Contest for best beginning of a memoir.

To maybe, just maybe, survive I had to find a brother who'd 

disappeared thirty years earlier.








S. Z.  K e l l e rAuthor

​​Blood Brother tells how chemo vaporizes every hair on my body; a drug-induced psychosis convulses me to my core; an infection nearly kills me; and why I get advice from a urine-drinking cancer patient.

But after months of enduring the most toxic and powerful medicines in the modern arsenal, my survival still depends on receiving a bone marrow transplant from Johnny, my hermetic, meditating, tripped-out brother no one had seen or spoken to in thirty years. 




My story. Your story. Our stories.

​​In memoir, fiction, and poetry.