MILKSHAKES AND MORPHINE is a singular memoir also an excavation of mother love, a candid account of the agonies, and absurdities, of the cancer experience, and a doggedly optimistic paean to life.
When Genevieve Fox finds a lump in her throat, she turns up for the hospital diagnosis in a party frock and fancy hair. I can’t have cancer, she thinks. I’ve done my hair. But there is another reason she can’t countenance cancer. Genevieve was orphaned to it at the age of nine.
Genevieve’s story entangles together past and present as she recalls her rackety, unconventional childhood, while also facing the spectre of being lost to her young boys. Yet, she confronts her treatment with the same sassy survival instinct that characterized her childhood misadventures.
Genevieve Fox was an American author, best known for her adventure books for girls that were written in the first half of the twentieth century. She developed an interest in labour relations and published at least one book on the subject.