Parkite’s political thriller is a novel about reproductive rights
Dr. Beverly Hurwitz, a Park City-based author known for her trail guides “Park City Hiking Guide” and “A Walker’s Guide to Park City,” has just published her first fiction novel, “Nobody Else’s Business.”
The book, which is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble and Ingramcontent.com, is the story of how two political families react when they are personally confronted by accidental pregnancies, said Hurwitz, a medical doctor who specialized in caring for children who were abused or who had neurological disabilities.
“I actually wrote this novel more than 10 years ago,” Hurwitz said. “But I just didn’t have the courage to bring it to print, because it’s such a controversial topic.”
Her work with abused children initially motivated Hurwitz to write the book, but it was the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanuagh, who faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, last fall that made her publish it.
Hurwitz was inspired by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who testified to Congress that Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her in high school.
“I decided if that woman can stand in front of the whole country, then I can surely take the chance to put out a book that would make some people upset,” said Hurwitz, who also spent eight years as a medical case analyst who wrote for administrative law judges in federal and state courts.
The author penned “Nobody Else’s Business” in 2008, when Barack Obama faced off against John McCain for the Presidency.
“This book materialized because there was a vice presidential candidate who had a platform to outlaw abortion even in cases of rape and incest,” Hurwitz said. “Watching that triggered a lot of memories of all of the families I worked with who had children they wished had never been born and all the suicidal teenagers I attended to who wished they had never been born.”
Hurwitz was also inspired to write the book while caring for children who had congenital rubella syndrome, an illness infants contract when the mother is infected with rubella during pregnancy.
“There was a huge rubella breakout in 1965 in the United States that affected 12 million people, and there was no vaccine at the time,” she said. “While most of those pregnancies were discarded by nature (miscarried) because the fetuses were so profoundly impaired by the virus, 12,000 children with the syndrome were born.”
Hurwitz took care of some of these children, who by the 1980s had grown to be young adults..
“Many of them didn’t have the mental capacity of more than a three-month old,” she said. “They couldn’t walk, talk or feed themselves. Most had to be tube-fed.”
While Hurwitz acknowledges there aren’t that many severely impaired children to that nature these days who are in chronic-care facilities, she says there is still a danger of infant deformities due to the mosquito-borne Zika virus.
The Zika danger and the threat of women losing reproductive rights were other reasons Hurwitz wanted to print her book.
“If you look at the composition of the Supreme Court, the conservative majority is five elderly Catholic men, who have let it be known in their past that they are not in favor of reproductive rights,” she said. “So the question remains what will happen to the next generation of women that would contract a virus that would leave them with a horribly disabled child.”
These issues are addressed in “Nobody Else’s Business,” and Hurwitz wanted to make the book easy for the public to read.
“I did an awful lot of editing, because my readers of my first draft said it was too technical and medical,” she said. “I tried to take a lot of that jargon out, because I thought if the book was an entertaining novel, there might be a chance for more people to consume the information the characters distill.”
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