First and foremost, I thank Ruby for living, Violet for surviving, and Michael for being my partner, in everything.
To the staff of Northern Westchester Hospital, Mt. Kisco, New York, I give thanks each and every day for your gift of life. My undying love and gratitude to the following people for a million things too numerous to mention:
Jolie Apicella, Richard Ash, Dr. Seth Apter, Nicole Montalvo Armstrong, Sarah Davidson Baglio, Tom & Judith Calagna, Janet Klinger-Cleary, Barbara Dobkin, Linda Fairstein, Zara Fernandes, Rita & Glen Finkel, Dr. Steven Flanagan, Flynn Family, Richard Gaynor, Betty Gaynor, Helene & Philip Gaynor, Maria Gerlich, Rebecca Gradinger, Nini Gridley, Samantha Hahn, Priscilla Hindley, Lula B. Horton, Greg Howell, Harvey Keitel, Dr. Neera Kapur, Rabbi Joy Leavitt, Blair MacKenzie, Lily Marsh, Sue O’Reilly, Michael Rogen, Lee Roversi, Danny & Marilyn Rubin, Richard Rubin, Steffany Rubin, Jeff& Laura Rubin, Rachel Running, Dr. Siamak Saadat, Cindy & Jeff Sacks, Marcie Silverman, Nancy Sternoff, and Dr. Amanda Feingold Swain.
To my editor, Ali Bothwell-Mancini, my thanks and eternal gratitude, firstly, for even agreeing to work with me, and secondly, for taking my Pig Latin and turning it into prose! To my agents, Stephanie DeVita and Rachel Stout at Dystel & Goderich, thank you for your support and encouragement. I still haven’t gotten over the fact that I really have an agent. If this book never saw the light of day, I’d still be proud to strut around New York bragging to anyone who would listen that “I spoke to my agent today!” And my thanks to Yassine Belkacemi, eBook Project Manager at Dystel & Goderich for his efforts on my behalf and for trying to explain the mysteries of the ebook world to a neophyte.
And my deepest thanks to all those who visited, called, wrote notes, sent gifts and prayed.
And to those who are no longer with us:
To my parents, Ray and Syd Rubin—there is nothing more to say.
To my grandmother, Sadie Rubin, my Aunt and Uncle, Michael and Jean Greene, and to George Gaynor, Ruby and Violet’s Grandfather—your gifts of love and devotion will never be forgotten, we hold your memory near and dear to our hearts.
Many thanks goes to Dr. Steven Flanagan and the staff at Mt. Sinai Hospital’s Traumatic Brain Injury Unit. Throughout Ruby’s recovery, they were the calm in my storm and I am indebted to them. A portion of the proceeds of my book will go to both Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City and the Rusk Inst at NYU Hospital where Dr. Flanagan is now the Head of the Dept of Rehab.