Left on Tenth - Delia Ephron
A magical memoir from the New York Times bestselling writer about coming back from the brink of cancer and finding love second time around.
If you pitched a movie about a woman in her seventies, recently widowed, who reconnects with a man she dated in college, leading to a month's long exchange of emails and the pair falling in love fifty years after their first date, the studio exec would say it's too far-fetched. And yet that's exactly what happened to Delia Ephron, writer, bestselling novelist and screenwriter of You've Got Mail.
When Delia's beloved first husband Jerry died of cancer in 2015, after thirty-five years of marriage, she struggled without him. Focusing on the day-to-day, she decided to make one small move forward and cancel Jerry's dedicated landline. This spiralled into days of frustration, prompting Delia to turn to words to process her grief and bewilderment. Her New York Times piece about the woes of customer service caught the eye of Peter, who emailed to commiserate. He was recently widowed himself and reminded Delia that years ago, when they were college students, they had been set up by her sister Nora. Cautiously, Delia replied. Over a few short weeks of email exchanges, Delia realized that she and Peter were undeniably soulmates.
Months later, still caught up in this whirlwind romance, Delia made another life-changing discovery: she was profoundly sick with cancer. Delia and Peter found true love in their seventies, but their burgeoning relationship was plagued by the fact that their time together could be cut short. Left on Tenth is the spirited story of Delia's second chance at love, and a heartfelt and miraculous account of life after cancer.