The Unwinding of the Miracle
Julie Yip-Williams
Contributed by Shemika Thormahlen
Chapter 7

In the very last section of the book, the author talks about the “unwinding of the miracle”. Yip-Williams recalls having a conversation with Isabelle while flying back to New York, specifically about her being reborn in another woman’s tummy. The sentiments inspired the author to write the last section of the chapter. Life, itself, is a miracle, and she writes that the birth of her children were miracles of their own. When she gave birth to them, she counted their fingers and made sure everything was fine.

Personally, Yip-Williams’ life has been a miracle. She was born blind, and her family thought the cataracts would shutter her life. Her grandmother had wanted to poison her to death during her infancy. It was a miracle that she survived; as per now, she has achieved the impossible. But what remains is the fact that everyone must, at some point, die — even though they all fear the unwinding of the miracle.


The author talks about the unwinding of the miracle in which she writes from the point of view of life itself. In this context, Yip-Williams sees the miracle in birth, and — most importantly — depicts the end of life itself: whatever lives must, one day, die. Her entire life has been a miracle: her birth, education, and career. Whatever she has experienced on Earth has taught her the beauty of living and how much is under the control of one human life. Even though she had the desire to continue living, failed medical treatments and countless tests have indicated that her body had no desire to live anymore.

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