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Liz, a twenty-nine-year-old wife and mother of two, awakens at Stanford Hospital. Unrecognizable faces hover over her and a middle-aged woman is holding her hand – calling her “Kate.” Our heroine learns that three days ago she perished in a tragic accident and became the donor of the first successful brain transplant surgery. Her brain, memories, and knowledge are now in the body of Kate, an eleven-year-old girl. Liz learns that she is not supposed to have a personal memory - but something went wrong. She remembers her past life.
Liz/Kate is faced with an overwhelming situation. How does she resolve her death and rebirth? How does she stop being Liz and start becoming Kate?
Becoming Kate is a novel about identity, love and letting go, redemption and second chances.