Cassie Wagner has everything she wants out of life: a good husband, a lovely daughter and another baby on the way. Then seemingly out of nowhere she feels the dark embrace of disease. Cassie begins to suffer dizzy spells that cause a constant ringing in her ears.She moves forward with life, but during the birth of her son her ailment reaches a crescendo, causing her to lose consciousness in the delivery room.What happens next shatters her perfect world and forces her to grapple with her own vulnerability. Through Cassie, we gain fascinating insight into the silent, misunderstood world of the hearing impaired. Loosely based on one woman's quiet suffering, Sugar House Hill is a novel that will linger with readers forever.Simonsen, Heather is the author of 'Sugar House Hill', published 2004 under ISBN 9781932898231 and ISBN 1932898239.