Homecoming, her first novel, came out in 2010 and has begun gathering enthusiastic readers and critical acclaim. Tourist Trap begins a year and a half after Homecoming ended.
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Sometime in the early 90's I started having black floaters in my eyes. "Diabetic retinopathy--bleeding from hemorrhages on the retina," the eye specialist said, and began treating them by laser burns to the retina. This is a scary process. With a lens against the front of the eye holding your eye open, you have to keep your eyes fixed on a specific point while the laser flashes in your eyes--as many as a couple of hundred pinpoint burns in a session. At that point I started really paying attention to the glucometer readings--but it didn't help much. I could easily drop as much as 100 mg/dL an hour for no obvious reason. (A healthy person's blood sugar may range from 70 to 140 mg/dl, so 100 mg/dL is a large change.) My blood sugar could come up even faster after eating. And one day, instead of a small floater, I had what looked like a black caterpillar in the less lasered eye that rapidly expanded to leave me blind in my right eye.