An attractive woman, only twenty-two, lies critically injured and comatose in a hospital bed far from home. Images come and go as she struggles to regain consciousness. Is that a tall, dark man beckoning her from a distance? Will she reach him or will her life be cut short, denying her a second chance for happiness?
This story is a coming of age tale that follows the many adventures of a driven biology major who is determined to go to medical school. Andrea Bradford leaves her peaceful Martha’s Vineyard home for college wanting to be physician—a true professional, just like the boys in her class. But once at college, she begins suffering the anxieties of homesickness, a blistering schedule, constant disagreements with her mother, and the uncertainty of a possible stage career. Meanwhile, several romances awaken her pent-up sexuality, introduce her to interracial realities, and even the lure of New York high society.
Episodes of confusion, disappointments, elation, tragedy, and reconciliation all shape Andie as she becomes a mature, competent woman by the end of this truly “American” story. LEARN MORE
Sylvia was born in Anniston, Alabama. Her father, a newspaper man, packed up his family in a vintage car and went north. She was raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia where her mother sang solos in churches and social events.
Sylvia was a student at Bryn Mawr College —where she was a pre-med student—and her boyfriend, later her husband, was a student at Haverford College. Following graduation, she lived in the suburbs of Boston for several years. She has a masters from Harvard University and a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University.
She began her teaching career at Lowell State University, now University of Mass at Lowell. Later, she became a biology professor at Massachusetts Bay Community College where she specialized in teaching science-shy students. This led to the publication of her first textbook called Inquiry into Life, now in its 16th edition which has a human emphasis and Human Biology which chiefly includes human anatomy and physiology and ecology.
Soon after getting a divorce, Sylvia moved to Martha’s Vineyard where she continued her textbook writing career. There, she wrote Biology, which is a traditional biology text; it does not have a human emphasis and Essentials of Biology, a less intense text . All her biology text books are still being published under the auspices of a co-author.
Sylvia is now married to another biologist, Arthur Cohen, and she also enjoys a close relationship with her extensive family of 3 children and 8 grandchildren including Sylvia Kansfield, a professional artist who designed the cover for A Water Lily Blooms.