What do you do when life is catastrophically interrupted? What does it mean to have a child as your own life fades away? What makes life worth living in the face of death?
At the age of 36, on the verge of completing a decade’s training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer.
One day he was a doctor treating the dying, the next he was a patient struggling to live.
When Breath Becomes Air, which is the non-fiction book of the month at Waterstone’s in Lynn, chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a medical student in search of what makes avirtuous and meaningful life into a neurosurgeon working in the core of human identity – the brain – and finally into a patient and a new father.
For your chance of winning a copy of the book, supplied by Waterstone’s of Norfolk Street, Lynn, just answer this question:
How long had Paul Kalanithi been training as a neurosurgeon?
Send your answer on a postcard or the back of a sealed envelope with your name, address and a daytime telephone number to Waterstone’s When Breath Becomes Air, Newsdesk, Lynn News, Limes House, Purfleet Street, King’s Lynn PE30 1HL.
You can also email your entry to firstname.lastname@example.org and please type Waterstones When Breath Becomes Air in the subject box. The closing date for your entries is Thursday, February 2, 2017.