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Michael Tucker draws on family cancer crisis for new novel
Michael Tucker draws on family cancer crisis for new novel

A man in a media dream-team marriage supports his wife during her breast cancer, then nearly buckles after her death. That's the reality-saturated plot of Michael Tucker's novel, "After Annie." Tucker and his wife, Jill Eikenberry, became advocates for women's health during their years of TV stardom, after her first bout with breast cancer. Unlike the fictional Annie, Eikenberry survived a recurrence of the disease in 2009 — but that won't stop readers from seeing "After Annie" as a case of art echoing, if not exactly imitating, life. In "After Annie," Tucker merges elements of himself and Eikenberry with a slew of fresh, vibrant...

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