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The hummingbird A Novel

by Kiernan, Stephen P.,

Format: Adobe EPUB ebook 2015 2015
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The skills and experience of a seasoned hospice nurse are tested by her soldier husband's battle with PTSD, but she finds a way to help him with the assistance of one of her patients, a dying former history professor who shares with her stories of World War II.
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 Nurses Fiction
Post-traumatic stress disorder Patients Fiction
Hospice care Fiction
Electronic books.
Publisher New York :HarperCollins2015
Contributors OverDrive, Inc.
Language English
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Format: Adobe EPUB eBook
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Description 1 online resource
ISBN 9780062369567
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