Deborah, a hospice nurse, spends her time with two men who badly need her - although they may not always recognize their need. One is cantankerous, isolated professor Barclay Reed, who is dying of kidney cancer. Buried below his gruff exterior is a man who enjoys sunrises and fresh strawberries. The other is her husband, Michael, a high-end car mechanic who loves dogs. After three tours of Iraq, he has serious PTSD. Although Deborah becomes weary shuttling between these two men - and forgoes many personal activities that feed her soul - she explains, "…hospice is the most enriching job on earth because a person who is dying savors everything, takes nothing for granted, and that is contagious." Beautifully written and oddly uplifting, this novel becomes more thought-provoking as it progresses. There is sadness, but happiness comes in the form of life changes based on love and new understanding.
A Reader Review by Deborah Straw of Burlington, Vermont