On Thanksgiving, I was cooking and listening to NPR. It was a great pleasure to listen to Diane Rehm interview a favorite author, Calvin Trillin, about his book about his late wife, Alice.
About Alice is Trillin's memoir about his wife and muse who died in 2001 after more than 35 years of marriage. In the interview, he was funny, poignant, and very moving.
She died of lung cancer in 2001. 9/11/2001.
The cancer was diagnosed when she was in her 30's, though she was a life-long non-smoker. There is a question of whether it was from exposure to second-hand smoke.
She was treated with surgery and radiation therapy, which years later affected her heart. She was waiting for a heart transplant when she died.
Trillin talks about her beauty, inner and outer, and about his daughters (who also figure prominently in his books), and his four grandchildren, who have allowed him to move on with his life.
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In an aside, they took calls and one of the first was from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Hey, I have a friend who lives there. "Susan in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan". Wow, I have a good friend names Susan who lives there. I was totally prepared to here Sue's voice, when another voice came on the air. I was so disappointed, for a moment, at least. I guess there's more than one "Susan" in Bloomfield Hills. Still...
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