Eating Pomegranates: A Memoir of Mothers, Daughters, and the BRCA Gene
Title: Eating Pomegranates: A Memoir of Mothers, Daughters, and the BRCA Gene
Author: Sarah Gabriel
Eating Pomegranates is a candid and incredibly intimate story of being forced to acknowledge that while you can try to overcome the loss of a parent, you can never escape your genetic legacy. Gabriel’s mother passed away from cancer when Gabriel was just a teenager – at age 44, Gabriel is diagnosed with breast cancer.
An intensely powerful and moving memoir about genetics, mortality, family, femininity, and the author’s battle with cancer. After the grief of losing her mother to cancer when Sarah Gabriel was a teenager, she had learned to appreciate “the charms of simple happiness.” With a career as a journalist, a home in Oxford, England, a husband, and two young daughters, she was content. But then at age forty-four, she was diagnosed with breast cancer—the result of M18T, an inherited mutation on the BRCA1 gene that had taken the lives of her mother and countless female ancestors.