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The Life You Longed For

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Maribeth Fischer (bio)

April 17 2008

32 minutes


Hear Maribeth Fischer read from her newest novel, The Life You Longed For.

About the book: In the spirit of Jodi Picoult and Anita Shreve, Maribeth Fischer combines compelling narrative with impeccable research in The Life You Longed For Fischer tells the touching story of Grace – a woman who, after her son is diagnosed with a rare disease, must beat all odds to protect her son’s life, her marriage, and her own reputation.

Grace’s son Jack is considered a miracle baby. Fighting a deadly and mysterious illness called mitochondrial disease, much of Jack’s progress is attributed to his mother’s self-sacrificing and dedicated care. Yet soon Grace’s world is shattered when she is accused of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, a strange psychological disorder where a mother makes her otherwise healthy child sick or purposely fakes her child’s illness in order to gain attention and approval for herself. As Grace battles the suspicions of those around her—or are they truths?—she must also deal with the other private secrets in her life—secrets that threaten to destroy her marriage and upend her world.

By weaving together a controversial topic with a layered plot and multi-dimensional characters, The Life You Longed For is a provocative, suspenseful page-turning story.




Fiction, Mitochondrial Diseases, Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy, Novels
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