On Saturday, April 26, at 1 PM, we invite you to join us for a reading of Riptides & Solaces Unforeseen, a memoir by Debby Mayer, at Stephentown Memorial Library on Saturday, April 26, at 1:00 pm. The event will include a short reading and a discussion of how writing can be used to work through grief. Copies of the book will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served.
Life is full of small moments that signal big change. Sometimes you know when it happens, sometimes you can only tell in retrospect when you’ve encountered one of those moments. Part mystery, part love story, part report from the medical front in the United States today, Riptides relates the fast-onset brain cancer that ripped through a strong, healthy man and led to his death four months later at the age of fifty-six. The book is a searing chronology of the effects of devastating illness, of being caught in the maw of hospitals, of unthinkable decision-making and small, unexpected solaces. Tightly written, fact-based, it is never maudlin, and it offers an element of hope without sentimentality.
Debby Mayer’s blog, 2becomes1: widowhood for the rest of us, can be found at debbymayer.blogspot.com. An excerpt from Riptides was awarded a grant in creative nonfiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts.
Debby Mayer is also the author of Sisters: A Novel (Putnam’s, Berkley). Her short fiction and journalism have been widely published. She retired from the Publications Office at Bard College as editorial director and is now a contributing editor at The Columbia Paper. She lives in Hudson, N.Y.