Hundred Percent Chance: A Memoir

Robert K Brown (Author)


"An intense, deftly composed cancer narrative." - Kirkus Reviews

"A triumph. . . the book's personality is magnetic. . . an inspiring, provocative memoir." - Foreword Clarion Reviews

HUNDRED PERCENT CHANCE follows the story of a twenty-year old college student who was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukemia while studying overseas in Lancaster, England. He notices - and then ignores - obvious early symptoms, as you might expect from someone at that age so far from home.

This memoir is funny and angry and hopeful and sad and realistic. A coming-of-age story with cancer, set mostly in Seattle of the early nineties, it does not pretend that the path to lasting health comes easily or that a sunny disposition is all you need for everything to work out. It is about much more than just beating cancer: tackling adversity through patience and perseverance, stumbling often and getting back up anyway, leaning on laughter and love and friendship to find a path through the challenges life throws our way.

A portion of all sales of this book will be donated to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Product Details

Price: $16.95  $15.59
Publisher: 3/3 Press
Published Date: June 11, 2019
Pages: 296
Dimensions: 5.51 X 0.67 X 8.5 inches | 0.83 pounds
ISBN: 9781733159005
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About the Author

Robert K. Brown grew up just outside of Seattle, Washington and has lived in Minneapolis since the mid 1990's. 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 is the proud father of two daughters who are both pursuing their dreams on opposite coasts. Visit for more details.


"Brown examines the rigors of cancer treatment in his candid debut memoir. . . This intimate, passionate chronicle of recovery will appeal to those who've battled cancer." - Publishers Weekly

"While memoirs of surviving disease are plenty, Hundred Percent Chance stands apart through its genuine humor and unflinching portrayal of both the physical and psychological struggles that accompany a diagnosis of disease. . . This memoir's focus on the tiny moments that ultimately shape and define a life, are particularly poignant and engrossing." - The BookLife Prize 2019

"Brown's writing is lively and lyrical, with moments of intense description offset by humorous ones. . . For those interested in seeing the toll leukemia can take on a young, healthy person, Brown's account offers the details in searing prose. An intense, deftly composed cancer narrative." - Kirkus Reviews

"Larger than life without trying to be. . . While the content of the book is raw, brutal, and honest, it is Brown's lively, rebellious attitude--and understanding that he was lucky to go into remission so quickly and to receive such excellent care--that makes this book a triumph. . . Hundred Percent Chance is an inspiring, provocative memoir about dealing with cancer that maintains its sense of humor when the going gets rough." - Foreword Clarion Reviews

"Brown's straightforward, unpretentious writing style is compelling and brutally honest. . . . . Regardless of one's personal experience with cancer or critical illness, these pages relate an essential human experience: the struggle to survive against the odds. This universal theme will resonate with almost any reader." - BlueInk Review

"A realistic, in-your-face honest and down-to-earth memoir about the rigors of treating and surviving cancer, handled with both intimacy and concern." - IndieReader

"Robert takes the reader inside the world of AML - an unexpected journey of diagnosis, treatment, and survival of a subset of AML that he was not supposed to survive. But, he did. . . . Within these pages you'll discover and come to understand Robert's mindset. Simply, but painfully it was: I will survive. No questioning, no heroics - just, I'm going to live. Hundred Percent Chance: A Memoir is an opportunity to live and feel the fear, the discouragement, the pain, the exhaustion, the struggle, the determination, the elation of surviving a monster." - Michael Copley, National Chairman, Beat AML, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

"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." - Readers' Favorite

"Brown has a gift for weaving life arcs in and out of his writing. He captures the urgency of an unforeseen emergency as nimbly as the grinding march of a long, degrading chemo run. Important characters in his battle are allowed to shine and then recede as people often do in our lives. His story is presented in a dynamic flow of scene and feeling rather than an abrupt hopscotch from one square to the next. Hundred Percent Chance is both honest and present in its struggle, its naiveté and its determination." - Paul Miller, author of Vantage Point