Unfortunately, she never got a chance to finish her book she she died suddenly just a few days ago, to all of our anguish and grief. In fact, we just had Ruth over for dinner about a month ago, and I proudly presented her with my novel: It All Started in Mandalay. She seemed delighted. A few days later I got an email from her saying she loved the first chapter and could not wait to finish the book. Since she did not write me after that, I assumed she did not finish the book, or worse, finished the book, but did not think very much of it and I did not want to embarrass her by asking how she liked the book.
When we went to the "shiva" today, I introduced myself to her sister. She said, so you are Michael Charles! What could I have possibly done to warrant such a response from her, I wondered. She told me her sister had given her the book and told her it was a must read ! I later spoke with her daughter who told me she had heard all about the book and could not wait to read it.
To a very wonderful mother, teacher, artist and friend. May her name be forever a blessing.