February 6, 2010

MIAMI, FL – Valerie, the author whose only novel, Job’s Complaint, won both the Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize the year it was released, was remembered in a ceremonial ship burial today off the coast of Key Biscayne, Florida. She died of natural causes at her home in South Miami on Thursday night.

Born in California and raised in Miami, she eventually moved to Maine to pursue what she described to friends as “a real writer’s life in a place with no distractions.” It was there that she suffered a devastating accident on icy roads that left her in a persistent vegetative state.
Over the next thirty years, she composed her novel and communicated it to doctors through a tedious battery of yes or no questions using increasingly sophisticated brain scanning techniques. It was well received by critics and the public alike, despite some opposition to the use of Valerie’s terrible condition as a marketing tool.
Within months of publication, medical advances made it possible for Valerie’s brain damage to be repaired and she was successfully returned to full consciousness. After a whirlwind year in the limelight, she returned to Miami and vanished from the public eye even as her novel entered the literary canon, where it remains firmly entrenched to this day.
She is survived by her husband, two children, five grandchildren and four cats.

2 Responses to “Obituary”

  1. Thirty years writing one book? Damn. And I guess a comma is the best place for no distractions.

  2. Valerie Says:

    I figured it would take about that long if all they could do was ask yes/no questions basically. Almost like composition via Ouija board.

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