GERMANTOWN—Debby Mayer, an award-winning author, blogger and journalist, reads from her newly published memoir, “Riptides & Solaces Unforeseen,” at the Germantown Library Wednesday, August 21 at 6:30 p.m.
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 Dan, the author’s partner, and led to his death four months later at the age of 56. The book is a searing chronology of the effects of devastating illness, of being caught in the maw of hospitals, and of unthinkable decision-making and small, unexpected solaces.
Ms. Mayer is also the author of a novel (“Sisters”), a nonfiction guide (“Literary Agents: The Essential Guide for Writers”). She is a contributing editor for The Columbia Paper. Her blog 2becomes1: widowhood for the rest of us, is at debbymayer.blogspot.com.