This book is Rick and Nancy Fleeter's experience with cancer, death and dying and rebuilding one life where once there were two lives. It's a window into the most personal, and at the same time universal, of human experiences.
Rocket Scientist Launches Fourth Book
Love Is Strong as Death: Our Walk through the Valley of Its Shadows
No one plans to die when their lives are in full bloom, and nothing in Rick and Nancy Fleeter's twenty-five years together prepared them to face her death-the ultimate personal and at the same time universal human experience.
Dr. Rick Fleeter is a rocket scientist; his wife Nancy Fleeter managed arts organizations, including the American Ballet Theatre and the John F. Kennedy Center. They enjoyed two more-than-full lives despite living with her cancer for over fifteen years. By every measure they thrived as young, successful professionals and as a close and loving couple.
Nothing prepared them for dealing with the cancer's accelerating aggressiveness as it consumed her body despite her doctors' multiple efforts to combat it. Love Is Strong as Death, a book they began writing together and that Rick finished alone, offers a window into how two lay persons dealt with illness and death and the struggle to rebuild one life where once there were two.
Love Is Strong as Death is not advice, and it not a romance. Written "from behind enemy lines," as Rick puts it, this book personalizes grief, resourcefulness, and fulfillment from the point of view of a highly-trained scientist and a free-spirited, artistic MBA forced to grapple with emotions and circumstances more powerful than anything they could have imagined.
About Love Is Strong as Death
Love Is Strong as Death: Our Walk through the Valley of Its Shadows (Outskirts Press: 2011) retails for $14.95. It is available from Amazon for $14.95 in paper, $7.95 for Kindle and from Barnes and Noble. It is 262 pages. ISBNs are ISBN-10: 143272911X and ISBN-13: 978-1432729110. The book is 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches, and its shipping weight is 13.6 oz.
"A moving tribute to a remarkable woman-by an equally remarkable man. This perspective into Rick and Nancy's struggle together and his acceptance of her death gives us a fresh view into ourselves." Dr. Steve Glazer, congregational rabbi and hospice chaplain
Rick and Nancy Fleeter's work took them all over the world. He founded and managed AeroAstro, an aerospace engineering company, and Nancy managed high-profile arts organizations. He wrote books and taught aerospace engineering as an adjunct professor, while she continued to practice and teach ballet. They lived in suburban Washington, DC; Manhattan; Charlestown, RI; Rome; Tokyo; and Gold Coast Australia.
While married to Nancy, Rick wrote Micro Space Craft, The Logic of Microspace: Technology and Management of Minimum-Cost Space Missions and Travels of a Thermodynamicist.
Rick now is a professor at the University of Rome, La Sapienza in Rome, Italy and at Brown University in Providence, RI where he teaches Design, Product Development and Aerospace Engineering. He is also an advisor to the Italian Space Agency and a principal of a small software company based in Rome. He blogs at http://rfleeter.wordpress.com
Dr. Rick Fleeter is available for telephone interviews and speaking engagements.
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