Two years ago this month, the paperback version of Canceled: The Story of America’s Least Wanted came into the world.
I distinctly recall doing the final fine-tooth-comb edit of the proof copy, in July of that year. Not oblivious to the irony, I did most of that edit while sitting in McKay-Dee Hospital, on the maternity ward.
Why was I there? We had just lost another baby. One who was so deeply wanted. It was a very hard time for our little family. I won’t tell you that story here today, but to get a taste of what it was like, you could read about what happened the previous time we lost a baby, in a story I originally wrote for a magazine. It’s called THE LIFE OF THE MOTHER, and I still can’t read it without my eyes watering.