Posted on August 8, 2022 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Finishing a novel is no small feat, and it's one that often requires several people's help, whether that's on the technical side or the emotional support side.

But few authors have experienced these truths at the level that Marianne Wiggins did.

She was just a few chapters away from finishing the draft of her novel Properties of Thirst when she suffered a serious stroke.

Her daughter, Lara Porzak, was understandably distraught as she sat by her comatose mother's bedside.

But, she told NPR's Scott Simon, she found a sign that all was not lost in those early nights.

The manufacturer of the hospital bed shared a name with a character in her novel — and from that, Porzak took comfort that Properties of Thirst would be finished.

What she maybe didn't realize then was that she herself would be the force that enabled its completion.

See what Porzak and Wiggins have to say about their collaboration to finish Properties of Thirst on NPR's website, where you can also listen to the audio. 

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