Hummingbird

Hummingbird

Book - 2015
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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.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780062369543
0062369547
Branch Call Number: Fic
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 24 cm

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cmlibrary_anickerson Mar 17, 2016

I found this a deeply emotional and engaging read.

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Reads_A_Lot
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.

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doreendl
Nov 15, 2015

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

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