Dr. Richard Moss, a local ear, nose and throat surgeon will be signing his newest book, “Matilda’s Triumph” Thursday at Touch of Heaven on Main Street. The signing will begin at 6 p.m. and Touch of Heaven will be offering extended hours for the event.
The book, a memoir, depicts Moss’ mother, Matilda, as she struggles with a severe stroke along with many flashbacks of his childhood living in the Bronx.
“‘Matilda’s Triumph’ is a tribute to mother and a detailed family saga,” said Moss.
After his mother’s stroke Moss said he became devoted to finding ways to help his mother recover from the stroke. “So much of the stroke story was about the guilt I felt and what I thought was an error on my part by not giving her the TPA, a drug that dissolves blood clots,” Moss said. “The other part of the book is about the flashbacks and the obstacles she overcame.”
The cover of “Matilda’s Triumph” is a work of art in its own right created by Wendel Field, the artist known by many as the creator of Indiana University posters and calendars. The original painting hangs in the Moss home and features the Moss family tree with structures that have had been influential to the Moss family including a depiction of Indianapolis’ Monument Circle and the Bronx.
An avid traveler and writer, Moss has volunteered as a visiting surgeon at medical centers in Asia and has written several travel pieces and columns for various publications. “Matilda’s Triumph” is Moss’ second book. His first book, “The Cutting Edge” depicts his travels through Asia as a surgeon. “The Cutting Edge” is currently not available in print but Moss hopes to one day pursue its publication again.
The fourth of five boys, Moss was raised by a single mother in New York. He graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis in 1981 and was board certified in 1986.