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The Wait

Love, Fear, and Happiness on the Heart Transplant List

Jennifer Bonner and Susan Cushman

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  • Paperback: 376 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.50" x 8.25"
  • ISBN: 9781634891134
  • Publication Date: 2018-04-17
  • Wise Ink Creative Publishing

Availability: Forthcoming, Due 04/2018

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The Wait

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As a new year approached, Jennifer Bonner embraced college life and flourished as a visual artist. Childhood heart problems rarely clouded her thoughts. Then, unusual fatigue led to terrifying news. Without a heart transplant she would die soon. As she put it, “The bomb dropped today.”

While she waited most of 1988 for a new heart, she lived. And as she relished each day, she wrote. Her diary entries frankly address love, sex, friendship, art, and mortality, and reveal a young woman determined to thrive.

Poignant, irreverent, and bold, The Wait is Jen’s diary, framed by the stories of her remarkable family and heart surgery advances. Steady medical progress brought her two decades of life and hope for decades more. But Jen’s continued survival depended on chance events that she and her doctors couldn’t control.

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Jennifer Bonner

Jennifer Bonner majored in art at Carleton College. Born with severe heart defects, she nevertheless lived a full and joyful adolescence with her parents, Bob and Barbara, and her brother, Tim. She spent most of 1988 waiting to receive a heart transplant.

Susan Cushman

After working as a medical writer, Susan Cushman attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, where she also completed her residency. She practiced as an ob/gyn in the Minneapolis metro area for more than twenty years. With her husband, novelist Charlie Quimby, she lives in Minnesota and Colorado.