And it was at this point, in my late 30s, having been to war, having seen the cycles so exposed, that somewhere inside of me I was sure it was not happening. I was defiant about these things. As my mother died, I was defiant. I thought I would save her, because of course I could save her. My father’s death was still improbable, despite the fact that he was dead. . . . There’s no reason I should have been, but I was stunned. And the book was born of all those things, the fact that in thinking back, in trying to find who I had been, I found them again. I was able to restore my parents and bring them back to life. . . . What I hope is that as people read, they’re gonna get me necessarily because it’s my perspective. But it’s not a biography of me. . . . If you, when you read my book, were thinking about when you were younger, then I win. The most important person in my book is the reader.