Home Before Dark

Union Square Press
(April 6, 2010)
Hardcover: 256 pages



Home Before Dark

"In the Treadway family, we can't help but see ourselves. Their beautifully told story is achingly personal but filled with reminders of how honesty, acceptance, humor and love can bind us together."
Jeffrey Zaslow, coauthor of The Last Lecture

"The Treadways have written a memoir about illness that is remarkable in its honesty and extraordinary in its breadth. I wept, cheered, and even laughed out loud while reading about each of their struggles and strengths as a parent, child, sibling or spouse, and I finished the book more clearly recognizing my own. I have long admired Kate Treadway as a doctor and educator, but I am now in awe of her—and her family—for this courageous and exceptional book."
Pauline W. Chen, New York Times columnist and author of Final Exam: A Surgeon’s Reflections on Mortality

"A compelling saga about a family thrown into chaos as they confront disease. A moving, honest, and often surprisingly funny memoir about the ways in which adversity forces us to come together."
Dr. Tom Graboys, author of Life in the Balance: A Physician’s Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss with Parkinson’s Disease and Dementia

"A tremendously insightful and moving story of the impact of cancer on an entire family. Told in very human terms from both a patient and family perspective, Home Before Dark is especially notable for its qualified insights from David, a psychologist, and Kate, a teaching hospital physician. A book for patients, families and caregivers."
Dr. James Mongan, Professor, Harvard Medical School and former President of Massachusetts General Hospital

"Home Before Dark offers an engrossing, intimate, and heartening illness narrative. The Treadways bravely share the enlightened self-examination that allows them to chart a healing course through rough waters."
Debra Malina, editor, New England Journal of Medicine

"A very moving and remarkably honest book. Though inspired by illness, Home Before Dark tells the story of life, love and relationships. The Treadway family’s insights will be invaluable for those coping with serious illness and for all of those caring for them."
George E. Thibault, MD, Professor Emeritus, Harvard Medical School, and President of the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation

"A poignant chronicle of the impact of a cancer diagnosis on tightly knit family members and the remarkable power of their relationships to confront the terror caused by the disease."
Robert J. Mayer, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

"Reading Home Before Dark taught me more about what my patients go through than any other discrete experience I can recall. I've been using the lessons I learned as I see my sickest patients. The book brought home to me that their ability to cope with their cancers is directly dependent on both their personal histories of grief and loss and the support/lack of support of their family."
Dr Ephraim Hochberg, Oncologist at MGH, David Treadway's doctor

"This candid and profoundly human story takes us below the surface of a family's struggle to cope with a life threatening illness and uncertain future. We dive into the messiness and wonder of the individual and collective efforts to maintain hope under terrifying circumstances beyond anyone's control. An inspiring and generous story of courage, grief and resilience told in the unique perspectives of its four protagonists."
Dr Lidia Schapira, Oncologist at MGH