FROM FIVE STAR REVIEW: The author writes a story that makes you realize that it is never too late to fulfill your dreams. Isabel Kramer found that training for the Boston Marathon was no easy task. Ms. Kramer is a psychiatrist, 60 years of age and had always wanted to be a runner from a teenage. It just seemed that every time Isabel wanted to do something her mother stopped her. Isabel’s high school coach told her mother what a good runner Izzy was. That didn’t matter to Isabel’s mother. Isabel wasn’t allowed to participate. Izzy thought if she could convince her mother to run a marathon with her, she would find out how much fun and how good Izzy was. When Izzy ran she realized how much she loved running. When Izzy decided at the age of 60 to run, she had a hard time to get the coach to help her. He thought she was too OLD to run or train. I believe the author was trying to show that no matter how old or young you are, if you have your heart set on realizing a dream, go for it. Why not? Of course if it is a danger to your health, it’s a very bad idea. If you’re fit and there’s no danger, reach for those stars. Even if you don’t win, you’ve actually won. You’ve won because you didn’t quit. Just like Izzy when she finally ran at the age of 60, did she lose or win? The way I took the author’s story is that it doesn’t matter. You’ve won either way. Dr. Gold wrote a book that you don’t lose interest in. It may bring tears to your eyes, but they are tears of joy. A good book for everyone. It shows that dreams can come true and you have to keep trying. Wonderful book.
Isabel Kramer’s dream of running competitively, frustrated since age seventeen, reveals itself when, on a lark, she joins her daughter in the Bay to Breakers race in San Francisco. Now age sixty, Izzy challenges her misgivings, the sage and well-intentioned advice of family and friends, and prepares for long-distance running.
Izzy, a psychiatrist and professor of psychology at UC Berkeley has no illusions about the likelihood of success and the possibility of injury, but amazingly, she outperforms the running world’s and her own expectations and trains for the Boston Marathon.
Barriers of every type obstruct Izzy’s path to Boston. Can they stop her? Supporters of every age see in her the will and the talent to win, and they joyfully join her in the realization of a destiny too long delayed.
I was born in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, moved to Queens, and then, as New Yorkers say, my family ascended to the Island.
After graduating from Valley Stream Central High School, I went to Adelphi, a college then, a university now, and then to medical school in Chicago.
The war in Vietnam interrupted my postgraduate medical training with a year in Colorado Springs and another as a Battalion Surgeon in Vietnam. I spent seven months in the Central Highlands with the 4th Infantry and five months in an evacuation hospital in Long Binh outside Saigon where I ran the emergency room.
I returned intact in 1968 to complete my training in internal medicine and diseases of the kidney, nephrology.
I worked for twenty-three years in Berkeley, California in a hospital-based practice and served as Chief of Internal Medicine and Family Practice. For many years, I was an active member of the quality assurance committee.
We retired in October 1995 before fate could intervene. We sailed under the Golden Gate Bridge for a life at sea in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean.
Four years later, exhausted from repairing everything on board, (often many times) we sold the sailboat and within a year took the lazy man’s out; we bought a Nordic Tug trawler. We motored around Florida, the Bahamas, and the entire East Coast and Canada.
I’ve written thirteen novels, nine in the Brier Hospital Series, and one non-fiction book, I Love My Doctor, But…, a lighthearted look at the patient/doctor relationship.
I write primarily to entertain, but I can’t help but pass on to readers observations and beliefs culled from years of practice, and yes, my biases, too. I strive for realism in portraying the medical scene that is gripping enough without melodrama or gimmicks.
With even a minor degree of success in writing novels, comes responsibility to readers. I attempt to produce honest material that reflects my beliefs. Exposing these beliefs to the public through my writing requires courage, stupidity, or both. My fans have been generous, and although nobody enjoys criticism, I’ve learned much from that, too.
The novel that expresses most clearly my candor, and my bias, is For the Love of God. The novel reflects my attitudes toward those who are willing to sacrifice the lives of their children for their personal religious beliefs.
We live in beautiful Grass Valley with 10 year old Bennie, a Yorkie who just looks like he’s on steroids and Wesley, a 7 month old rescue, a terrier of some sort.