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Publisher Description

From Pulitzer Prize winner Amanda Bennett comes a moving, eye-opening, and beautifully written memoir—a love story of two unusual people, their complex marriage and deep devotion, and finally, Bennett’s quest to save her husband’s life.
When Wall Street Journal reporter Amanda Bennett meets the eccentric, infuriating, yet somehow irresistible Terence Bryan Foley while on assignment in China, the last thing she expects is to marry him. They are so different—classic and bohemian, bow ties and batik, quirky and sensible. But Terence is persistent. “You are going to be somebody,” he tells her. “You’re going to need somebody to take care of you.” Though initially as combative as their courtship, their marriage brings with it stormy passion, deep love and respect, two beloved children, and a life together over two decades. Then comes illness, and the fight to win a longer life for Terence.
The Cost of Hope chronicles the extraordinary measures Amanda and Terence take to preserve not only Terence’s life but also the life of their family. After his death, Bennett uses her skills as a veteran investigative reporter to determine the cost of their mission of hope. What she discovers raises important questions many people face, and vital issues about the intricacies of America’s healthcare system.
Rich in humor, insight, and candor, The Cost of Hope is an unforgettable memoir, an inspiring personal story that sheds light on one of the most important turning points in life.

Biographies & Memoirs
June 5
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

Pookie.1963 ,

Wonderfully written!

As a kidney cancer patient and a stalker of the listserv group mentioned within this book, I found it to be a wonderful read. Her devotion to her children and the battle to keep Terence alive is admirable. As a member of the medical field for 30 years, I was intrigued by the costs of procedures and medications, and the authors dedication and investigation of her husbands end-of-life care. Hospice is a truly wonderful service and it is unfortunate that families fail to recognize the need and benefits of it until it is almost too late. I had a tough time putting this book down, but it gave me some insight into how to prepare for the future if my cancer recurs. Thank you Amanda, for sharing your story!

BigStudBill ,

Excellent narrative of the struggles of Healthcare

Good story into the trials and tribulations of navigating through the healthcare system.

Zindyp ,

Are we ever sure we've done enough?

This was a thoughtful and provocative read. No one likes to talk about death or dying. I don't think anyone wants to live through a loved one's demise. But the questions posed in this book by Ms. Bennett are worth thinking and discussing PRIOR to death. Perhaps even worth a discussion with family and friends weighing in.

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