My esteemed poetry teacher and mentor, Jack Grapes, is responsible for getting me to write this book. Whenever I put words on paper, it’s because of what I learned from Jack, and I’m forever beholden to him. Several friends read early drafts and I’m grateful for their valuable feedback. They are Harriet and Al Saperstein, Huli and Raphael Sloane, Victor Herbert and Susan Goldstein, Tom Jermain, and Sandra Halpern.
I thank Peter Matson, the mighty New York literary agent, for thinking he could get this book published after reading ¾ of an early draft. His confidence gave me courage to complete the manuscript. Although he didn’t convince any publishers to buy the book, his professional recognition and encouragement gave me the approval I needed to carry on.
Finally, Joanclair Richter picked up her red pen and marked the manuscript with excellent notes that helped me achieve yet one more “final” edit. That such a young, brilliant, talented woman understood and appreciated my story, gave a great lift to my spirits, allowing me to go ahead and finally publish the damned thing myself.
Carol Pearlman February 2014