“I was inspired by Isabel Allendeâ€™s memoir PAULA, which she wrote when her daughter was in a coma, which she ultimately did not recover from. I remember I found that book when I was in my MFA program, already pretty close to done with my book. I read that and I saw how she was addressing her daughter directly, and giving the family history to her daughter in an effort to revive her daughter and bring her back to this world. And I realized that what I had wanted to do all along with this book, which felt a little crazy to me in my head, was something that could actually be done.”
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