The Foremost Good Fortune

By Susan Conley
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780307739865, 368pp.)

Publication Date: March 6, 2012

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When Susan Conley, her husband, and their two young sons leave their house in Maine for a two-year stint in a high-rise apartment in Beijing, they are prepared to weather the inevitable onslaught of culture shock. But the challenges of living and mothering in an utterly foreign country become even more complicated when Susan learns she has cancer. After undergoing treatment in Boston, she returns to Beijing, again as a foreigner—but this time, it’s her own body in which she feels like a stranger.
Set against the eternally fascinating backdrop of modern China and full of insight into the trickiest questions of motherhood, this poignant memoir is a celebration of family and a candid exploration of mortality and belonging.


About the Author
Susan Conley moved to Ireland for twelve months - fourteen years ago. She splits her time between beauty journalism, novel writing, and horseriding. She blogs at "" and tweets @SusanEConley.
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