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The Hummingbird: A Novel
by Stephen P. Kiernan

Published: 2015-09-08
Hardcover : 320 pages
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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 ...

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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.

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Lessons from the Past
by mindy83 (see profile) 11/11/15
Deb is a hospice nurse caring for Professor Barclay Reed at the end of his life. Her husband has just returned from service in Afghanistan and is suffering from PTSD. During his career, the Professor wrote a book about a WWII pilot and the town he tried to bomb. Through reading the book to the Professor, Deb learns to how to help her husband deal with his demons.

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  "Interestingly Written"by MIndy P. (see profile) 11/11/15

The book is different. It is two separate stories woven together. As the main characters read through the story of a WWII fighter pilot and the town he tried to bomb, they learn lessons that help them... (read more)

 
  "Learning to Live and Learning to Die"by Cyndee K. (see profile) 11/07/15

Deborah Birch is a hospice nurse who cares deeply for her patients and helps them transition through their final days, but she cannot seem to help her veteran husband recover from his last deployment as... (read more)

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