Pia de Jong: Writing beyond Words, Story, and Self

US 1 Newspaper, 12 July 2017

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‘I hope the quota for dead children has been reached. That death has claimed enough of them.”

 The words belong to Dutch-born Princeton novelist and essayist Pia de Jong.They were what she had hoped for on the day she went to purchase a gravesite for her newborn daughter. Now they appear in de Jong’s just released book, “Saving Charlotte: A Mother and the Power of Intuition.”

“I started writing (the book) with the scene of the grave,” de Jong says about her 255-page personal account of discovering her daughter, Charlotte, had congenital myeloid leukemia — a disease without any cure —and the decision to spare the infant from the debilitating effects of chemotherapy and “wait for what will come.” What came was the body’s ability to fight off the disease.

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