A Journey of Loss and Gain
Simon & Schuster
On Sale: November 9, 2010
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IN THIS LUMINOUS MEMOIR, LEGENDARY SINGER AND ACTRESS
NATALIE COLE TELLS A REMARKABLE STORY OF LIFE-THREATENING
ILLNESS AND RECOVERY, AND THE STORY OF A DEATH THAT BROUGHT
In 2009 Natalie Cole was on
dialysis, her kidneys failing. Without a kidney transplant,
her future was uncertain. Throughout Natalie’s illness one
of her biggest supporters was her beloved sister Cooke. But
then Cooke herself became ill, with cancer. Astonishingly,
as Cooke lay dying in a hospital, Natalie received a call
that a kidney was available, but the surgery had to be
performed immediately. Natalie couldn’t leave her sister’s
side—but neither could she refuse the kidney that would save
her own life.
This is a story of sisters, Natalie and
Cooke, but also of the sisters who made the transplant
possible, Patty and Jessica. It was Jessica’s death that
gave new life to Natalie, even as Natalie experienced the
devastating loss of Cooke. Patty, too, suffered her own
terrible loss, but when she met Natalie, she found that her
sister’s spirit still lived. Through the gift of life,
Natalie and Patty became sisters in spirit.
Love Brought Me Back is a story
of loss and recovery, sorrow and joy, success and
despair—and, finally, success again. It will touch you as
few memoirs ever have.
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