Susan Cushman on The Wait: Love, Fear, and Happiness on the Transplant List
When Jennifer Bonner was born in the 1960s, babies with hearts like hers weren't expected to survive. Luckily, she entered the world at the University of Minnesota hospital, which found a way to keep her alive. A frail child became a heady young woman, talented artist, and expressive writer. She flourished at Carleton College in Northfield, MN, until heart failure put her on the transplant list.
Waiting for a new heart, Jen continued the diary she'd kept since age ten. She created art, explored friendships, and fell in love, all the while accepting her mortality. Coauthor Susan Cushman edited Jen's entertaining 1988 diary and framed it with the story of her remarkable family and the medical advances that allowed her to thrive.
The Wait is a suspenseful tale, told by a hardy optimist who wrote, "Whatever is lying in wait for me, it won't get me right now."
Content is pleased to welcome Susan Cushman, who will read from and discuss The Wait at the bookstore on the evening of June 4th.
“Her appetite for life, her hunger for beauty, for meaning, for love, for joy radiates from these entries. How often she falls in love, how deeply she thinks about art, how insightful she is about her friends and family, how vulnerable and also how strong she is. Susan Cushman has eloquently and clearly framed Jennifer’s diary, providing context about the heart transplant procedure, and Jennifer’s childhood in a remarkable family.” —Jane Hamilton, author of A Map of the World and The Excellent Lombards