• Left on Tenth

  • A Second Chance at Life: A Memoir
  • By: Delia Ephron
  • Narrated by: Delia Ephron
  • Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (320 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The best-selling, beloved writer of romantic comedies like You've Got Mail tells her own late-in-life love story, complete with a tragic second act and joyous resolution.

Delia Ephron had struggled through several years of heartbreak. She’d lost her sister, Nora, and then her husband, Jerry, both to cancer. Several months after Jerry’s death, she decided to make one small change in her life - she shut down his landline, which crashed her internet. She ended up in Verizon hell.

She channeled her grief the best way she knew: by writing a New York Times op-ed. The piece caught the attention of Peter, a Bay Area psychiatrist, who emailed her to commiserate. Recently widowed himself, he reminded her that they had shared a few dates 54 years before, set up by Nora. Delia did not remember him, but after several weeks of exchanging emails and '60s folk songs, he flew east to see her. They were crazy, utterly, in love.

But this was not a rom-com: Four months later, she was diagnosed with AML, a fierce leukemia.

In Left on Tenth, Delia Ephron enchants as she seesaws us between tears and laughter, navigating the suicidal lows of enduring cutting-edge treatment and the giddy highs of a second chance at love. With Peter and her close girlfriends by her side, with startling clarity, warmth, and honesty about facing death, Ephron invites us to join her team of warriors and become believers ourselves.

©2022 Delia Ephron (P)2022 Little, Brown & Company

Critic Reviews

"Delia Ephron’s stunning Left on Tenth will make you believe in love again, and also in miracles. And it’s so very, very funny." (Sarah Dunn, author of The Arrangements)

“Delia masterfully and hilariously reminds us that there is always more life to be found just around the corner. A powerful, beautiful, life affirming testament to hope and meaning in the darkest hour. Somehow it felt like the answers to all of the big questions were immediately lurking in the text, and like any decent existentialist and searcher, I couldn’t put it down and finished it in one sitting.” (Natasha Lyonne, writer, director, actor)

“Only someone with a heart of stone could resist the charms of Delia Ephron's tender, moving story of late-life love and illness. Ephron writes with singular transparency of her treatment for leukemia—the same disease that killed her sister seven years earlier—and the unbearable terror and pain she suffered. But Ephron is at heart a writer naturally drawn to light who finds joy and humor even in life's darkest corners. This wonderful memoir is an ode to the enduring power of love and friendship.” (Joanna Rakoff, best-selling author of My Salinger Year)

“Oh, huge-hearted Delia Ephron! I loved this book. It’s a memoir about grief and illness, but it’s also basically a love letter to her people, and it’s a gorgeous one. Because here is someone who chooses joy over and over again—who chooses friendship and love, like a fountain of gratitude that turns despair into a glittery, rainbow-scattering spray of light. Her lucky friends! Forgive yourself for wishing you were one of them.” (Catherine Newman, author of Catastrophic Happiness: Finding Joy in Childhood's Messy Years)

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Cover to cover in a day

The hard cover book arrived as a gift from a friend at 12 noon on Saturday. I had yardwork to do and baking to do I felt guilty sitting and reading but I could not put the book down. It was so personal. So powerful. I felt as though it were written to personally encourage me and inspire me. Halfway through the book I joined the audible book app with my Amazon prime. So that I could walk, bake cookies, and tend to watering the beautiful flowers I had planted in my pots and in my yard. It is now midnight and I feel as though I had a nice long conversation with a new friend. What a book of hope! What a book of love! What a book of magic! I am 75 years old and was a bedside nurse for 50 years. This book and Delia‘s voice and her love story actually, all her love stories of her friends and her deceased husband and her new beautiful husband Peter and her sisters are so uplifting. CS Lewis wrote that we read to know that we are not alone. Thank you Delia and I loved your voice and your heart and your soul.

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Another Memoir Ruined by Politics and Elitism

So disappointed. Delia Ephron has an interesting story to tell. She falls in love at age 72 and has a harrowing experience when she is diagnosed with leukemia. These are stories to hook a reader. Unfortunately, woven into this memoir are---you guessed it---her political opinions and beliefs. Guess what Delia---we don't care that you hate Trump! Why can't authors leave their political leanings out of their books? I'd like to know how her bank account is faring under the Biden administration versus the Trump administration---but of course they don't write about that. She also details ad nauseum all her wonderful friends, all the great trips she takes (even one out west just to watch an eclipse from the perfect vantage point), and the many doctors who make house calls. Not relatable. If you want to read a great memoir, try In Love by Amy Bloom.

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Inspiring!

Thank you for writing such a poignant and detailed story. It inspired me to not be as negative. I suffer the same affliction as yourself. You made every person come to life and made me want to meet each and everyone. I live in New York City and I understand the love for it. I know the landmarks in the neighborhood so I can picture everything perfectly. Thank you and may you live happily for the rest of your life.

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Love to the Ephron Sisters

There is nothing like reading a book by an Ephron sister, and this was no exception. The bravery Delia showed in sharing her journey is astounding. I loved it.

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Laugh out loud one moment and tearful the next

If you are looking for a life-affirming book about the healing power of love, this is it. Being a newly retired dentist who listens to several audio books a week, I can say this one stands out among the best. It’s so intimate in personal detail also with the signature Ephron ability to be belly laugh funny. I love Nora Ephron even more than I did before and now truly am in love with her sister Delia too. At the end, I was so choked up, I needed to sit down, relax awhile and take it all in. What a beautiful story and what important life lessons imparted with rawness, humor and grit. Thank you, Delia, for taking me along on your journey and making me feel like a part of your life. And what a crazy good life it is!

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Brilliant

Delia has such a gift for writing and her words capture the remarkable journey she endured to
survive to live and love her best life !

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Exceptional Audiobook

I binged this book in a couple of days because it was so good.

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Beautifully done

Thank you for your story and thank you for encouraging others that yes we can have second chances with love and life . Xoxo

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An amazing story

How perfect to experience this book in the author’s own voice. Thank you for sharing!

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A remarkable memoir

How to condense my thoughts and my heart? This book brought me to tears and to laughter, both. It is a vulnerable and open telling. I am so touched to know how desperate, brave, and honest this writer became in the telling. Read it and let it change your life. It surely did mine.

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