The Accidental Caregiver Part II: Saying Yes to a World Without Maria Altmann
Gregor Collins, author
After publishing his memoir about caring for Holocaust survivor Maria Altmann during the last three years of her life, actor Gregor Collins thought that was the end of the story. Little did he know, losing Maria and sharing her with the world through his book was just the beginning. The Accidental Caregiver, Part 2 chronicles a new journey, one that Collins embarked on just as accidentally as he did the first. With his unplanned sequel, he shares with readers how his life was once again transformed—but this time, without Maria. With the same candor, grace, and raw vulnerability, Collins charts his course to far away lands like Australia and Mexico where he introduces Maria to other Holocaust survivors, then on a cross-country trek to New York, where he finds himself a caregiver once again, this time to Maria’s cousin Ruth, while he presents his book as a stage play to packed audiences. With each vivid new tale, Collins offers readers a fearless glimpse into his mind, which, though sometimes dark, is always honest. In the end, with Maria as his muse, Collins says yes to life and love in a way he could never have predicted—and wouldn’t have had any other way.