What goes through the mind of someone who is just worn out from battling a terrible debilitating disease? Someone who has decided the time has come to end her life?
Or the mind of a caring man who opened his home and his heart to a child in great need, only to have the court order that child to be returned to his mother when she gets out of prison?
And how do the lives of these two people intersect?
Those questions drive a new novel "Five Days Left" by Michigan author Julie Lawson Timmer.
In her book, Mara Nichols is a lawyer in Dallas, Texas, and Scott Coffman is a middle school basketball coach in Royal Oak, Michigan. The two individuals have five days left with the ones they love most. The book tracks both stories over those five days.
Timmer shares what she had come to realize through writing the book: As much as we say we'd like to say what we would do or never do if something happens, it's not so easy when someone is actually in that situation.
* Listen to our conversation with Julie Lawson Timmer above.