(Purdue University Press)

The author recounts his experience sharing his childhood stories — about fighting with his brother over a “baby-blue” girl’s bike and eating steamed cabbage at a neighbor’s house, among other tales — with children in a bone marrow unit during his term as an artist-in-residence at a hospital. Woven into the narrative are the cancer patients’ responses to the stories and to the storyteller. Homan is an English professor at the University of Florida.