Hundred Percent Chance

A Memoir

Non-Fiction - Memoir
296 Pages
Reviewed on 04/09/2019
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Author Biography

Robert K. Brown grew up just outside of Seattle, Washington and has lived in Minneapolis for nearly twenty-five years. He has been actively involved with the Minnesota Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for most of that time, raising money while participating in five marathons with Team in Training since 1998, as the 2016 Man of the Year, and as a member of the Board of Trustees beginning in 2018.

Robert received several prizes for short fiction and poetry while attending Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota including the Sigrid and Erling Larsen Award for the "student who has done the most memorable or distinguished work in literature, drama, music, art, dance, photography, or film." This is his first published memoir.

Robert has two college-aged daughters who are both pursuing their dreams on opposite coasts.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

Hundred Percent Chance: A Memoir by Robert K. Brown is a meld of coming-of-age and an inspiring journey with cancer. Robert was diagnosed with leukemia when he was twenty and studying abroad. In this memoir, the author documents his journey towards healing, navigating the rugged landscapes of adversity, learning patience and perseverance, accepting the inevitable and finding strength in healthy relationships. There is grit, there is determination, and there is the will to live, and it is incredible to see how the experience of mortality transformed the author, giving him a clear perspective of his life. As he takes the reader through the chemotherapy sessions and the different aspects of his healing journey, he allows the reader to feel the pain, touch the hope, and understand that there is far more to life than we can imagine.

The story begins with a powerful, engaging statement, introducing the reader to the central theme in the narrative: “I had leukemia. I had it and now I don’t and that should be that. Only it’s not. It’s a memory that won’t go away. Not a haunting memory… No. Leukemia is vague with occasional flashes of coherence. It is a constant hum.” But the experience of illness, of an aggressive kind of disease, doesn’t just leave one marked with memories; it transforms the individual, enriches their humanity, and makes them look at life differently. Robert K. Brown’s memoir is a powerful testimony to that. The writing is gorgeous, almost lyrical, and it captures the voice of a young man in the '90s, one filled with strength and eloquence. Hundred Percent Chance: A Memoir evokes powerful emotions in readers -- hope and despair, joy and frustration, love and pain -- but the throbbing life within the protagonist, a life that permeates the narrative, will keep readers turning the pages.