Macular Degeneration and Me

Low Vision and High Hope

Just Some Icing on the Cupcake

I’m delighted to see that mystery series author, Mary Jane Clark, has a new series called the Wedding Cake Mysteries featuring a character with macular degeneration.  I just finished reading the first book in the series called  To Have and To Kill set in Manhattan and the New Jersey suburbs.

The heroine, Piper Donovan, an aspiring actress with a penchant for mysteries and wedding cakes transitions from the Big Apple to her parent’s home in New Jersey.  Mom. Terri. owns the very successful Icing on the Cupcake Bakery, known for its beautifully decorated cakes.

Unknown to Piper, her mother was diagnosed with macular degeneration.  Right from the beginning, the feeling s and emotions Terri goes through really resonated with me.  From color fade (what color is that icing?) to glare, lighting, contrast, and depth perception issues, Terri has the usual fears about her diagnosis.  But she knows she won’t be totally blind and makes many accommodations to overcome some of the difficulties that lie ahead.

It’s somehow comforting to read a novel where macular degeneration is talked about in such an open way.  I’m not aware of any other novel with a character with macular degeneration

This is a light, fun read and the just-published second book, The Look of Love, will follow Piper and her Mom to a California spa.  I’ll be there too.

The Wedding Cake mysteries are available on Kindle.

Mary Jane Clark is the author of 14 books including the KEY News media thrillers.  She is a former writer and producer for CBS News based in New York City.  Thanks Mary Jane.


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2 thoughts on “Just Some Icing on the Cupcake

  1. I love to see this bit of mac degen mainstreaming…accomplishes two things: normalizes the experience for others to better understand it, and keeps mac degen in people’s awareness. Did you know there would be something about mac degen when you bought the book?

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