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A stunning, beautifully written novel with a philosophical bent.

From the Author

As a doctor of many years, I have well learned the lesson that no person can look at either the sun or death with a steady eye. Yet in respect to both the friends around us and ourselves, we will at one point or another be called upon to attempt such a task.

And to succeed in this venture, nothing helps quite so much as a sense of humor.

Philip R. Sullivan


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: Foremost Press (April 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936154579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936154579
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,108,856 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By tene on August 3, 2011
Format: Paperback
Having just finished a jousting match with lymphoma --which fortunately is now in remission --I am not sure I was the best person to read "Coming Home Again". Nevertheless, from the opening line, "Malignant?" to the ending reference that life "goes on," and we all approach the "going on" in different ways, this book was a grabber. the story passed smoothly from paragraph to paragraph and from thought to thought, so smoothly that I scarcely wanted to put the book down until the journey was over.-------------------------------------------------------------------There were so many instances of "that was how I felt" or "that is what I havedone" that the author had me involved in the sharing throughout. I felt this was quite an accomplishment, and I wondered : however did he manage to create this sense?----- Examples:--------------------------------------------------------------------------1. Having that gut feeling before diagnosis----------------------------------------2. Reaching out in a subconcious way to the person who will allow you the closeness yet space to get you through the journey. Not just one characterbut"each one". No wasted side stories found.----------------------------------------------------------3. The pull between "organized religion" and the doubts and owned convictions we each have that ultimately have to wait until death and beyond to either match , or to establish that what occurs surpasses any abilty we presently have to conceive.---4. Joanna is so real. She is trusted by Jud completely, and her reactions, varied as they were, are so believable. Never once did I feel an urge to disrespect her, or to question her love, her involvement her selfless ways of putting Jud's needs first. She is always on his journey completely --intimately --and selflessly as a lover can be.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Honor on January 13, 2012
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In this thought provoking novel Jud, a failing author, develops a terminal illness. I say failing because Jud, despite his grim prognosis, makes a last ditch attempt to make his novel marketable. Jud reconnects with Father McNulty, a professor from his past who has successfully published a book of poems. Through a series of letters, Jud and Father McNulty expand their discussions from the reality of publishing to the nature of "self".

All the characters are interesting but Joanna, Jud's significant other, is particularly complex. Joanna would be an excellent topic for discussion in a book club where readers could evaluate how Joanna's own sense of "self" influenced her behavior in a time of great stress.
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