This is another excerpt from The Ultimate Patient, my novel in progress. It is fall, 1957, in Bucharest. Tina is accompanying her daughter, Lydia, on her first day of school. Bebe, Tina’s brother, also shows up to be there for his niece, who had lost her father two years before.

Under the pen name Tudor Alexander I have written and published five novels and one collection of short stories. Please visit