SUMMIT, NJ - Darcey Gohring, writer and Summit resident, is one of the featured authors in Corona City: Voices from an Epicenter, a book which depicts life in New York and New Jersey -- the nation’s first COVID-19 epicenter -- during the first four months of the pandemic.
The full-color, coffee table book includes photos that capture the surreal landscapes and scenes of a usually thriving metropolis along with short writings that expose the challenges, fears, losses, and triumphs of real people in their own words. Readers are introduced to COVID-19 survivors, frontline workers, business owners, journalists, mask makers, quarantined people, and many more. What emerges Emerging from this mosaic of voices is a grassroots snapshot of an unprecedented time.
In the book, Gohring shares the experience of being diagnosed with breast cancer just as COVID-19 was hitting the Summit area, giving readers a window into what it was like to go through a medical crisis as hospitals and emergency rooms were inundated with the first wave of coronavirus patients.
Her moving essay describes the emotions and fears she went through while being treated at Overlook Hospital. “My diagnosis was a total shock, I had no genetic history and had never had any health issues,” said Gohring. “It was a very lonely experience, and the virus brought a whole new set of challenges with it.”
The book is available for purchase on Amazon, with 100 percent of the royalties donated to hunger relief.
“Taking part in this project seemed like such a great opportunity to turn something bad into something positive,” Gohring added. “All of the royalties from the book go to hunger relief.”