This is my second book. After the first, I promised myself that I’d never write another. It was too difficult—especially for pretty much everybody around me. Somehow, I find myself with another completed manuscript, and this time the process has been a little easier. I’m deeply grateful to everyone who helped make this book possible—I owe them all a debt I can’t repay. Any remaining faults are entirely my own.

First, I thank the team at Manning. Christina Taylor, my editor, was a joy to work with, and patient with my glacial writing speed. Christina, thanks for keeping the faith! Thank you also Erin Twohey, Michael Stephens, Marjan Bace, Jeff Bleiel, Rebecca Rinehart, Aleksandar Dragosavljevic, Maureen Spencer, Lynn Beighley, ...

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