September 2022 Newsletter

Dear Friend,

Last month, I told you I sent my final manuscript, “my really, really, REALLY final manuscript” to my publisher. Then a couple of weeks later, I woke in the middle of the night wondering if an important paragraph I had moved had made it back into the final manuscript.

It hadn’t. I knew this would happen.

So I scrambled to work it in, hoping the publisher would allow another revision, and while I was at it, I read through my entire manuscript again and made a gazillion tiny edits over a fourteen-hour day, because, why not?

The publisher accepted it. Phew. And now it’s out of my hands for a while so the layout and cover teams can do their thing. (Can you believe within a couple of months, I’ll have a cover design?!) Meanwhile, I’m putting together my book launch team* and reaching out to long-lost contacts to add them to my mailing list (with their permission).

At the same time, life goes on. We had a funeral for Michael’s beloved elderly aunt, a family wedding, a baby shower, and our 40th wedding anniversary all in one week–the circle of life in an exhausting seven days. It’s a reminder to treasure each moment on this earth.

I needn’t tell you that yesterday was the 21st anniversary of 9-11. Last year, I wrote this post: A 9-11 Prayer, one of my most-read blogs. I’ll leave you with that.

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A Mother, Her Son, and the Brain Tumor They Survived.

When her eight-year-old son begins to exhibit increasingly bizarre behaviors, a happily married mother of two must meet the overwhelming demands of motherhood and wrestle with her fear of conflict if she and her son are to survive. 

Forthcoming from Apprentice House Press, May 2023.

Karen is a happily married, slightly frazzled working mother of two when her eight-year-old son, Matthew, develops a strange eye-rolling tic. Gradually, her high-energy kid becomes clumsy and lethargic, her “Little Einstein” a gifted program dropout. Karen knows something is wrong. But she can’t get anyone to listen and lacks the backbone to crack the resistance. After three exhausting, desperate years, finally, an MRI reveals the truth: a brain tumor, squishing Matthew’s brain into a sliver against his skull. Following a delicate surgery, doctors predict a complete recovery. But the damage from the delayed diagnosis prolongs Matthew’s recovery, challenging Karen to grow in ways she never imagined. 

A fast-paced page-turner told with candor, insight, and wit, Growth takes you on a rollercoaster of painful truths and hard-won transformations.  


  • Karen DeBonis

    Karen DeBonis writes about motherhood, people-pleasing, and personal growth, the entangled mix told in her memoir "Growth: A Mother, Her Son, and the Brain Tumor They Survived" forthcoming in spring 2023. Subscribe today to receive Chapter 1: A Reckoning.

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