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Left on Tenth

Delia Ephron

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Acclaimed author and screenwriter Delia Ephron chronicles her life following her husband and sister's deaths from cancer, including finding love again and facing her own cancer diagnosis.


Left on Tenth

Left on Tenth

by Delia Ephron


Delia Ephron had been living with death for ten years. Ephron first lost her sister and best friend, Nora, to cancer in 2012. Three years later, her husband died after a long battle with the same disease. In her memoir, Left on Tenth: A Second Chance at Life, Ephron documents her life after loss and how turning back to writing helped her cope with her grief.

Delia Ephron is a best-selling novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. Along with her sister Nora, she wrote the screenplay for beloved 1998 rom-com You've Got Mail. Ephron's memoir includes an unexpected second chance at love, as well as a cancer diagnosis of her own. Her story and transparent writing are proof that there is always life left to live.

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It was as if the universe had given us a gift: to experience all the madness and thrill of falling in love in a time in our lives when that was supposed to be over.

- Delia Ephron

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