As an adult and a
father, it had occurred to him more than once that perhaps his parents were not
the simple, boring souls he had presumed them to be. There had been no
documented horrors in their lives. No tragedies, no dark secrets. There had
been no giggling as they smoked an illicit joint after dinner. No frantic
tumbles in the woods. No hastily regained composure when interrupted in flagrante
by their son. Or had there? Hazy thoughts rippled the surface of his memory,
recollections of jumping into his parent's bed, the sheets hot and musky, his
father distant and cold. How arrogant we are, Simon mused, to think that our
parent's lives pivot on the axis of our own.
Doctor Simon Bailey has everything a man could ever want. Then his beautiful daughter is diagnosed with Leukemia.
He can almost accept her impending death. He can almost accept the fact that he will have to live without her. But he cannot stand the thought of his little girl having to face death alone.
He answers her innocent question in a moment of desperation, testing his marriage, his professional judgment and his sanity to the limit. As cracks form in Simon's previously perfect family, we wonder, as do his loved ones ... will he really make the ultimate sacrifice?
Combining poignant moments of both humour and pain, 'Simon's Choice' is a penetrating account of parenthood at the sharp-end.