Wow - I'm so pleased that you found this so moving, but I hate to know I made you cry! I can't even bring myself to read "If You Are Prepared" - I guess I write the angst so I can emotionally distance myself from it...?
You're so kind about my writing. Truth be told, I always feel like it's mostly constipated; I admire people who can tell these wonderful, rolling stories with such expansiveness - mine always feel like they're trapped in a very small box of words. ;)