The Hummingbird

The Hummingbird

A Novel

Book - 2015
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A woman takes care of two wounded men--one, her soldier-husband, just home from the war in Iraq; the other, a dying World War II scholar-historian who harbours a long-buried secret.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd,, [2015]
Edition: First Canadian edition.
ISBN: 9781443438865
Characteristics: 310 pages ; 24 cm

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ontherideau Jun 11, 2018

Stephen Kiernan is a thoughtful man and this is a thoughtful book. At times I set the pages down to consider the links and implications.
A bit too tidy at the end maybe but this is a man who does his research and throws out ideas in a story.
My favorite quote "Only an unarmed man can say he has truly ceased fighting." Highly relevant at this time.

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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