Losing Julia

Losing Julia

Paperback - 2000
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In a world torn apart by war, one man would search a lifetime to find what he once lost: a woman named Julia.... Patrick Delaney was just a boy when he marched off to war in 1918. But on the stark battlefields of France, amid the horror and the chaos, Patrick forged a bond that would shape the course of his life. Daniel was Patrick's best friend, his comrade-in-arms. But it was Daniel's lover, Julia, who would change Patrick forever. Julia's letters, shared by Daniel in the muddy trenches, touched Patrick in ways he never could have expected. But years would pass before he finally met her at a war memorial in France. There, on a field still scarred by battle, Patrick closed his eyes in silent prayer and opened them to the woman he had never seen but always loved: Julia. After a brief, passionate encounter, Patrick made a fateful choice and Julia slipped away, perhaps never to return. It is just the beginning of an astonishing story that will span almost a century, a story of memory and desire, history and destiny -- and of the people who slip from our grasp, only to hold us forever....
Published: New York : Island Books, c2000.
ISBN: 9780440234852
0440234859
Branch Call Number: F HUL
Characteristics: vi, 390 p. ;,18 cm.

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 16, 2014

As a 19-year-old from New Jersey, Patrick Delaney wants nothing more than to fight in the Great War. When he heads off with his best friend, he doesn't know that only one of them will return. While in France at a memorial service for the tenth anniversary of the battle that killed his best friend, Patrick begins a passionate love affair with his best friend's widow, Julia. As they struggle to make sense of their love, Patrick makes a mistake that may cause him to lose Julia forever.

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bigfeet
Nov 29, 2012

An older gentlemen recalls his youth when he was fighting in France during the Great War and where he found and lost the great love of his life. Such a beautiful story.

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chillilog
Jun 04, 2012

Such a beautiful book. It covers World War I, love, relationships, aging - beautifully done. It will haunt you!

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sasie
May 01, 2011

I thought this book was a beautiful account of the reality of old age as well as an insightful account of war. It is a book of the human experience. The realities of life and love and death as they happened to one man. It takes us to the trenches on the front line and shows us the very realistic human experience of war and it also takes us into the mind and heart of an old man who is nearing the end of his life. It stays with you.

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greenacres
Apr 22, 2010

This title is one of my top ten reads. I would recommend this to people who like historical novels or a compelling storyline. His other novel "Distance from Normandy" is good as well.

Fluffy Mar 19, 2008

Patrick Delaney is such an interesting charactor.

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