The Unwinding of the Miracle

The Unwinding of the Miracle

About the Author-

The Unwinding of the Miracle authored by Ms. Yip-Williams, she was born on Jan. 6, 1976, in Tam Ky, a city that was part of South Vietnam. Ms. Yip-Williams received a bachelor’s degree in English and Asian Studies from Williams College in Massachusetts. She graduated from Harvard Law School. She joined the law firm Cleary Gottlieb in New York in 2002 and specialized there in corporate governance and also mergers & acquisitions.

Julie Yip-Williams died in March 2018 because of colon cancer. At her death she was forty-two, and lived in Brooklyn with her husband, Josh, and their daughters, Mia and Isabelle.

She also left behind a script and a few years’ worth of blog posts. These posts were related to the confusing actuality of facing death in her late 30s and published as The Unwinding of the Miracle.


Summary of The Unwinding of the Miracle-

As a young mother facing a life-threatening diagnosis, Julie Yip-Williams began to inscribe her story, and it is a story like no other. What began as the diary of an untimely death, became something much more – it is an influential encouragement to the living.

Julie Yip-Williams survived childhood was a miracle. She was born sightless in Vietnam, and she barely escaped mercy killing at the hands of her grandmother. She only survived to escape with her family, the political turmoil of her nation in the late 1970s. Loaded into a wobbly vessel with three hundred other refugees, Julie made it to Hong Kong. They eventually reached America, where a doctor at UCLA gave her partial vision.

She would go on to become a Harvard-educated lawyer. She lived with her husband, two daughters, and a life she had once understood would be impossible. Then, at age of thirty-seven, with two little girls at home, she was diagnosed with terminal metastatic colon cancer, and an unusual ride began.

“Live while you’re living”

The Unwinding of the Miracle is the story of a dynamic life, which refracted through the prism of looming death. When she was first diagnosed, Julie Yip-Williams sought transparency and assistance through the experience. Finding none, she began to write her way through it – a chronicle that grew beyond her imagining. Motherhood, matrimony, the refugee experience, aspiration, love, wanderlust, fortune-tellers, sorrow, re-embodiment, distrust, ease, pain, the phenomenon of the body in full revolt. This book is as sprawling and majestic as the life it records. It is inspirational and informative, pleasant and devastating, a book of deep-seated moments. It is  an unparalleled guide to living vibrantly by facing hard truths deliberately.

With wit, bracing honesty, and the sanitization power of well-deployed anger, she set the stage for her lasting legacy and one final miracle: the story of her life.


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