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Deborah Birch is a seasoned hospice nurse whose daily work requires courage and compassion. But her skills and experience are tested in new and dramatic ways when her easygoing husband, Michael, returns from his third deployment to Iraq haunted by nightmares, anxiety, and rage. She is determined to help him heal, and to restore the tender, loving marriage they once had. At the same time, Deborah's primary patient is Barclay Reed, a retired history professor and expert in the Pacific Theater of World War II whose career ended in academic scandal. Alone in the world, the embittered professor is dying. As Barclay begrudgingly comes to trust Deborah, he tells her stories from that long-ago war, which help her find a way to help her husband battle his demons.
Published: New York, NY :, William Morrow,, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062369543
Branch Call Number: F KIE
Characteristics: 310 pages ;,24 cm


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Nov 24, 2019

I gave it five stars. As someone familiar with caregiving and somewhat of an authority on Asian military history and philosophy I found both story lines sound and believable.

ontherideau Jun 11, 2018

Stephen Kiernan is a thoughtful man and this is a thoughtful book. At times I set the pages down to consider the links and implications.
A bit too tidy at the end maybe but this is a man who does his research and throws out ideas in a story.
My favorite quote "Only an unarmed man can say he has truly ceased fighting." Highly relevant at this time.

Nov 18, 2015

There are 3 different stories being told in this book. It is essentially about healing pain in the dying and the living. Although I love historical fiction, I found myself dreading the chapters about the Japanese pilot. I prefer a smooth flowing story, not one that keeps getting interrupted. I enjoyed the developing friendship between the professor and the nurse. Not an outstanding book, just OK for me.

Nov 15, 2015

An excellent book, well written and full of insight into PTSD and caregiving.


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