Letters to Jenny

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Letters to Jenny
Author Piers Anthony
Alan Riggs
Country United States
Language English
Genre Letters
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date
October 1994
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 288 pp (hardcover 1st ed.)
ISBN 0-8125-2282-6
OCLC 31683681

Letters to Jenny is a collection of letters written by Piers Anthony to Jenny Gildwarg, a 12-year-old girl who was run over by a drunk driver on December 9, 1988. The book also contains news of Jenny's progress after the accident.

Origin of the letters[edit]

Jenny remained in a coma for several weeks, occasionally making small movements. According to Anthony's notes, she regained consciousness fully paralyzed, being able to move only her eyes and one finger. Feeling that Jenny was losing hope, her mother wrote to Anthony, asking if he would write a letter to Jenny, as he was one of her favorite authors. Anthony corresponded regularly.

Jenny in fiction[edit]

Anthony wrote a letter to Jenny, proposing that he create a character patterned after her, in his next Xanth book, Isle of View. The character is Jenny Elf, an elf of the Elfquest variety (another of her favorite series), which has a pet cat named Sammy (Jenny Gildwarg was a lover of animals). Jenny Elf has become a regular character in the Xanth series.

Anthony received a letter from Jenny's mother, in which she describes reading previous letter to Jenny. On asking her about the elf character, Jenny smiled.

Jenny's recovery[edit]

Jenny since made much progress, communicating (at first) by blinking her eyes. Today[when?], Jenny still uses a wheelchair.

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