Amazing books, amazing author. In her candid and touching memoirs, Vanderyt explores life after losing her soul mate to the devastating ravages of brain cancer and grows to accept her new life with the help of her strong writing practice and a puppy named Siddie.
~ Bill Keeton, MD, author of IPPY Award Winner A Boy Called Combustion: Growing Up In 1940s Mississippi
Afterglow, Karen Vanderyt’s memoir about commitment and family, heartbreak and loss, was heralded a love story. This exercise in remembrance, extension of grieving, and labor of love came soon after losing her husband of over 39 years, Bill, to incurable brain cancer. She wrote to convince herself their love had not been a mirage and to attempt to make sense of what happened during those swift three months from diagnosis until his passing.
Obsidian Rose, her sequel to Afterglow, illustrates an awakening, a coming out of the fog of grief to claim a stronger personal spirit, ready for new challenges and triumphs with Siddie, a steadfast companion, by her side.
Obsidian Rose shows the author’s reality still full of memories and mourning, but how bringing a Lab puppy into her home while navigating everyday hills and valleys reinforced her determination to create a new life for herself.
Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure will receive Karen’s donation of all proceeds from the softcover and e-book versions of both titles—approximately 65% of the cover price. Karen’s heart is aligned with ABC2’s mission “to invest in research aimed at finding the fastest possible route to a cure.”