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The hummingbird

by Kiernan, Stephen P.,

Format: Print Book 2015
Availability: Available at 8 Libraries 8 of 8 copies
Available (8)
Location Collection Call #
Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale Fiction Fic Kie
Location  Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  Fic Kie
Monroeville Public Library Fiction KIERNAN Stephen
Location  Monroeville Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  KIERNAN Stephen
Moon Township Public Library New Books F KIERNAN Stephen
Location  Moon Township Public Library
Collection  New Books
Call Number  F KIERNAN Stephen
Northland Public Library Fiction FIC KIERNAN
Location  Northland Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC KIERNAN
Plum Community Library Fiction FIC KIE
Location  Plum Community Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  FIC KIE
Shaler North Hills Library Fiction KIERNAN
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  KIERNAN
South Park Library Fiction F KIERNAN
Location  South Park Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  F KIERNAN
Whitehall Public Library Fiction Collection FIC Kiernan
Location  Whitehall Public Library
Collection  Fiction Collection
Call Number  FIC Kiernan

From the author of the acclaimed The Curiosity comes a compelling and moving story of compassion, courage, and redemption.

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.

Told with piercing empathy and heartbreaking realism, The Hummingbird is a masterful story of loving commitment, service to country, and absolution through wisdom and forgiveness.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Kiernan (The Curiosity, 2013) expertly mixes a look at the Japanese role in WWII and a modern-day tale of troubled Iraq War veteran sniper Michael; his hospice-care-nurse wife, Deborah; and her ornery, secret-harboring patient, Barclay. Deborah gets great satisfaction from her work with dying patients, who make her appreciate life while expressing their gratitude to her in touching ways. One former patient carved her a hummingbird. I receive something meaningful from every person, says Deborah. I gain much more than I give. A person who is dying, she says, savors everything and takes nothing for granted, which makes her appreciate being young and healthy. Reed, a wise-but-disgraced former history professor, helps Deborah understand her husband's problems. If you kill a man, he says, whatever the circumstances, he is on your conscience for life. In turn, she asks Reed to think about his answers to four questions: Is there anyone he needs to say I'm sorry, to? Or I forgive you, thank you, or I love you? This many-faceted, thought-provoking story prompts soul-searching about life, war, and death.--Springen, Karen Copyright 2015 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Hospice nurses -- Fiction.
Hospice care -- Fiction.
Post-traumatic stress disorder -- Patients -- Fiction.
Veterans -- Fiction.
Publisher New York, NY :2015
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 310 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (page 310).
ISBN 9780062369543
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