Here’s how this book came to be.
A friend of many summers developed a disorder which required stem cell replacement. The procedure would destroy his immune system and leave him vulnerable to life-threatening infections for forty days. His wife appealed to the community to write anything that might keep him occupied and distracted during his weeks of exposure.
What to write for a friend whose life was in danger daily? I created a journal of a fictional person diagnosed with a terminal illness. I figured if I could create a character worse off than my friend, he might feel better by comparison. I wrote and sent him an entry every day for forty days.
My friend recovered well, thank God. But the journal lacked literary merit. Still, the process of writing and sharing had served us both well, sparking moments of startling spontaneity and intimacy.
These last few years I’ve been massaging the entries for a larger audience, hoping to maintain some of the original spontaneity and intimacy.
The original audience was just one person. Should you read this book, the audience will have doubled in number.
Thank you for your willingness to come along for the ride.
From the corner of my eye
what I did not see
And from the corner of my me
what I did not know
Amazing is this element
I had not seen before.
Amusing is I really knew,
but now I know it more.
Mitchell Chefitz lives and writes in Coconut Grove, Florida. He is the author of the Los Angeles Times best-selling novel The Seventh Telling. His story collection The Curse of Blessings has been widely translated. He is known internationally as a teacher of Jewish spirituality. In these days of Covid, he’s pretty much kept to his condo, but he continues to teach widely by Zoom.