Starred Review in Library Journal for Geralyn Lucas’ THEN CAME LIFE

20 August, 2014

Lucas, Geralyn. Then Came Life: Living with Courage, Spirit, and Gratitude After Breast Cancer. Gotham. Oct. 2014. 240p. ISBN 9781592408955. $27; ebk. ISBN 9780698162181. HEALTH

Lucas made a splash with her first book, Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy (LJ 9/1/04), the brash and brazen tale of her bout wWhy I Wore Lipstickith breast cancer at age 27. Now, 18 years later and recurrence free, Lucas, head of Hallie Productions, feels there is more to say about life postcancer. The candid and perceptive author talks about motherhood (she has two children, which was unexpected following her chemotherapy and radiation treatment), marriage, body image, self-worth, family, and the loss of loved ones as she ultimately seizes living over living in fear. Lipstick was made into a television movie, so fans will assuredly want to see how the author is doing. VERDICT:  Lucas’s sage commentary will bring a nod of recognition from fellow cancer travelers and a smile to everyone’s lips, even if they aren’t cherry red. Highly recommended.