The Afterlife of an Archive

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Randy Lyhus for The Chronicle Review

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Randy Lyhus for The Chronicle Review

My husband, Roy Rosenzweig, died in 2007 of an illness we had no reason to anticipate. Ten percent to 15 percent of lung cancers in the United States occur in people who have never smoked; he was one of them. Giving us little time to prepare, the disease ended his life within a year and a half of his diagnosis. For several months afterward, I preferred to spend as much time as I could away from our house, returning only to sleep. But eventually I decided to move, a feat I could accomplish