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Greetings BookFunnel and StoryOrigin fans. Welcome to my newsletter.
Though not every week, I try to send it on Sunday, a good day to catch up on reading and rest.
This email, though, is a special announcement.
You recently downloaded my latest read, DEATH MAGNANIMOUS, and I wanted to let you know I've changed the ending. If you've already read the book, the change, while significant, has no impact on the rest of the story.
Just read the last few pages of the newly-updated version, now online at Story Origin and Bookfunnel.
Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy Death Magnanimous, and encourage you to send me your thoughts about it, good, bad -- or ugly. Only a few ARC readers have read the novel, and I'd love to hear what you think.
Charlie Chessman, the main character of Death Magnanimous, is loosely based on Dax Cowart, a Texas attorney injured in a freak natural gas accident that burned most of his body.
Though Dax survived his burns, he spent the rest of his life advocating for the right to die. In Death Magnanimous, Dax's wish is reflected in the fictional Dax's Law, a Texas law that allows people with non-terminal but severe illnesses and injuries to legally perform assisted suicide.
The story follows Chessman, a flamboyant criminal defense attorney faced with choosing to live -- or die -- after a private aircraft accident badly disfigures him. It begins when he meets Dr. Richard Fostris, a thanatologist, or a physician who specializes in death.
It becomes immediately clear that Charlie intends to face his choice with the same obstinance, persistence, and passion Dax displayed that changed the course of medical ethics.
But Charlie's dilemmas are also different.
Fast forward to modern-day medicine at the fictional Jacobsen Burn Center in Pittsburgh. Pain control is light years better today than it was fifty years ago, when Dax was injured in 1973. So is reconstructive surgery, psychological care, and social acceptance.
While Dax had few viable alternatives to extreme suffering when he was treated, Charlie not only has alternatives, but eloquent, committed, modern-day role models who choose to live through some of the most terrifying injuries imaginable.
What will Charlie Chessman choose? Is the life he wants to end instead the life he's been waiting to begin?
Advance Reader Remarks
"There are two choices at play in Death Magnanimous: the external---Can I kill myself?—and the internal---Will I kill myself? Ironically and beautifully, we see Charlie Chessman learn that even after tragedy, even after everything you’ve known is flipped upside down, life will go on. We are the only ones who can decide if and how we want to be a part of it."
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