Just a quick note to let you know the surgery (a microscopic discectomy) was a huge success, and I feel great! I have to admit, though, as they wheeled me into the O.R. and I saw those bright lights and the surgical team of five standing around waiting for me, I had that instant’s thought: is this the last thing I’ll ever see?I woke up with an incision on the back of my neck that was closed not by sutures or staples but … glue. Very cool!
Also very cool was discovering that several of the nurses who took care of me were fans of my books. (I’m just embarrassed that they saw me so un-glamorous in that silly hospital gown.)
Now I’m home for a few weeks, but expect this will be a very swift recuperation indeed. I want to thank you all for your kind wishes! I’m so sorry about missing some of my book events, but most of them will be rescheduled for a later date.
Lately, I’ve received several emails that mentioned VANISH was selected as their book group reading choice, and it got me to thinking about how I can be of help. If your book group has chosen VANISH to read, let me know by email. Tell me a bit about your book group — what city you meet in, how many members, what sorts of books you usually read, and a mailing address. I’ll mail you enough signed bookplates for the entire group, plus a packet of the source material I used to write VANISH. In particular, the article about a young woman waking up in a body bag (it launched my story), as well as the shocking NY Times Magazine article that was the basis for Mila’s subplot.