More about Kay Day's book Killing Earl
Comments & Reviews
Kay Day, the author, is highly qualified to write on her
subject--appendiceal colic--since, for eleven years she
edited a medical journal....adding authenticity to the work,
John V. Campo,M.D.,associate professor of psychiatry and
pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine,
wrote the introduction.
—Barbara Bell Matuszewski
Review in The Pen Woman, journal of the National League
of American Pen Women, Inc. (October,2005)
Rebecca Day had been like almost any other preteen. Her
days were filled with swimming, shopping, and hanging out
with her friends. But the 12-year-old's life suddenly changed
one day when she met Earl.
Earl stole Rebecca's lifestyle, her happy-go-lucky attitude--
and almost her life.
—Ken Bell, City Editor, The Item
Understandably, physicians often don’t know what to do
with patients like Rebecca, and the risk of empathic failure
is great. It is not difficult for such patients to walk away from
medical encounters feeling as if their complaints have been
“dismissed” as exaggerated, attention-seeking, or even
fabrications. “The doctor thinks it is all in my head.”
—From the introduction by Dr. John V. Campo, co-editor of
the Handbook of Pediatric Psychology and Psychiatry and
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics at the
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
"The courage of both mother & daughter, who refused to
give in to defeat, is the backbone of the book. It should bring
encouragement to everyone who suffers from
“undiagnosable” pain. Rebecca’s “mystery illness” affects
over 86,000 American children every year. Up to date
information about treatment for such cases is given. If it
saves even one child from enduring the year of horror &
agony that Rebecca & her family lived through, Killing Earl
was well worth writing."
—Dr. Alma Bond
Read the review at RebeccasReads.com
"While it addresses a very serious topic, Day's book is filled
with humor. But there's one person who refuses to read it:
Rebecca. "She says she lived it," Day says, adding that
Rebecca wanted her to write the book in the first place. "Her
whole goal is that maybe there is one girl out there who will
go through this, and [Rebecca's] story may help her."
"Nobody could diagnose or even come close to helping
Rebecca cope with the abiding pain, so she faced the
problem head on by giving it a name, Earl. Identifying the
hurt gave it characteristics that enabled the young woman to
personify it, talk about it. Naming Earl also may have given
her a small sense of power in a situation that left her
vulnerable in a health care system that seemed to be failing
Full article, The Columbia Star
"While completing her newest book, Killing Earl (Ocean
Publishing), Mandarin poet and author Kay Day enlisted the
help of her two daughters. Becky, a sophomore at Douglas
Anderson School of the Arts, and Jennifer, a senior at the
University of North Florida; each wrote a chapter. The book
tells the story of Becky's struggle with a life-disrupting
mystery illness and how her sickness, combined with the
family's looming move to Jacksonville from South Carolina,
created havoc in a once-peaceful home."
Full article, The Florida Times-Union
"I spent the day reading “Killing Earl” and could not stop. I’m
sure everyone who reads of this difficult journey will feel as I
do, that mother and daughter are both so fortunate to have
each other. No matter how tough it got, and it was dreadful
for both, they always knew they were in the struggle together.
I am certain this outstanding book will give hope,
encouragement, and a renewed determination to many
families facing medical crises, and for RAP sufferers, so
much pertinent information."
—D. H. Eaton, author
The Osceola Community Club
Cumberland House, 2004; Florida Writers’ Association
Book of the Year
"As a mother, I can only imagine the frustration of chasing
your child's monster through an endless dark alley with
deep potholes and numerous oil slicks. Only the love of a
mother never gives up until all that can be done is done.
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" has nothing on 'Kay the Killer of
—Jodie Walter, a mother
Author Kay Day (center) with her daughters at her Jacksonville book launch.
(photo by Michael Glinski)