Abby and Jay Alfred are husband and wife, best of friends, residents of New York City in 1969. They are college professors and experts in the music of John Field and the writings of T.S. Eliot, respectively.
When Abby falls mysteriously ill Jay transforms their apartment into a dynamic retreat for healing and recovery, much to the chagrin of his in-laws. Surrounded by a few close friends, aided by two committed doctors, and supported by their students and some newly met strangers, the couple struggles heroically to overcome the odds of fighting disease and the threat of legal interference with their preference for home care. Outside the tumultuous world of 1969 roils around them with the social unrest of anti-war protests, the corrupting influence of drugs, and the suspension of medical malpractice, while the baseball Mets pulse the city's beat toward a world championship and the Americans first set foot on the moon.
But will they ever be able to get out again into that world together? How will Jay win the race against time, battle the despair and anger assailing them from all sides, break through Abby's coma to assure her of his constant love and bring her back from the brink of oblivion?
Richard Haffey is a freelance writer and environmentalist from Connecticut and Cape Cod, where he and his wife make their home and enjoy their children and friends.
This was a heartfelt tale of life and sacrifice, and what we do for those we love. It is a story about making a choice, that no one wants to make. Jay Alfred, one of the main characters, did so much for his wife, and admirably so. For those who thought love lost its' luster, after reading this story will have a glimmer of hope once again.
You can guess I enjoyed this book. It made me cry, though this story was more happiness and purity than I could have imagined. You really need to check it out.
~I won this copy. I was not compensated for my opinion.~