Author(s): Suleika Jaouad
At just twenty-two, as her friends were setting out on the path to adulthood, Suleika Jaouad was diagnosed with leukemia. For the next five years, her world comprised four white walls, a hospital bed, fluorescent lights and tubes and wires connecting her to an IV pole. Her dreams of becoming a war correspondent were replaced by a battle for her own life. At the age of twenty-seven, and celebrating her first year of remission, Suleika embarked on an epic road trip, her only companion her three-year-old Schnoodle, Oscar - a certified service dog who had played a huge part in her recovery. Starting in New York City, the roadmap was determined by the home addresses of the people she wanted to visit along the way - some of the many strangers who had responded to her New York Times columns and films, 'Life, Interrupted', and whose own deeply personal stories of surviving illness and tragedy had sustained Suleika during her years of treatment. Between Two Kingdoms is a chronicle of survivorship and beginning anew. Illuminating some of the universal questions about how we live, mourn, heal and grow up, this twist on the classic American road trip is an inspiring and empowering exploration of what it means to survive.