For a pursuit as solitary as writing, it’s remarkable how many people have contributed to bringing this work into being. During the writing phase, my thoughts vacillated between moments of sheer panic and “pinch me!” wonder at how lucky I am to have so many truly wonderful people in my corner.

First, my deepest gratitude goes to all my friends and family for their love, patience, and encouragement. I can only mention a very few here, but send my love and gratitude to all of them. Jeri Weiss is my alter ego and Matt Goldman our treasured co-conspirator. Meir and Claire Stampfer hosted countless dinners and made sure my family never starved for company or sustenance. Aedin Cassidy gave me my very first pen name. Paula Montero and ...

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