When: Thu., June 22, 5 p.m. 2017
In Mercies in Disguise, Kolata tells the true story of the Baxleys, a family of doctors from Hartsville, S.C. For generations, they have been struck, one-by-one with an inscrutable, fatal illness. Science finally catches up and hands them a resolution — not a cure, but a blood test that would reveal who had the gene for the disease. A work of narrative nonfiction, Mercies in Disguise is the story of a family that took matters into its own hands when the medical world abandoned them. It is the story of a young Mt. Pleasant woman, Amanda Baxley, who faced the future head on, determined to find a way to disrupt her family's destiny. Gina Kolata is a senior medical writer for the New York Times. The author of nine books, she has twice been a Pulitzer finalist.