Recessional

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Fawcett Crest, 1995 - Fiction - 532 pages
5 Reviews
"MICHENER IS AMERICA'S BEST WRITER."
--The Pittsburgh Press
In his stunning new novel, bestselling novelist James A. Michener draws on his unparalleled gift for storytelling, his deep understanding of American society, and his own life experiences to illuminate the challenges of aging and the folly of youth in a Florida retirement home known as the Palms.
As the new, young director of the Palms, Andy Zorn suffers no shortage of loving support and wise advice from his "elders," a group of five passionate, outspoken residents who refuse to accept the passive roles that both society and family have handed them. Yet past scandal has driven Zorn to despondency, until he meets an extraordinary young woman in the rehab wing, who has been forced to rebuild her life in the face of crippling injuries. Now Zorn finds himself falling in love--and with the help and gentle jabs from his more mature friends, he discovers a wonderful new purpose in life....
"Michener hooks you with wonderfully humorous scenes. These are then interwoven between the moments of pain and heartache brought about by life choices we all must make."
--Tulsa World
"Engaging...One will be drawn into the novelist's world....The lush natural setting provides James Michener plenty to show and tell."
--The Washington Times
 

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User Review  - wareagle78 - LibraryThing

I have had this book around for many years, in fact it is one of the oldest Bookcrossing books I have in my home - I've had it since 2004. Yet when I picked it up this week, I sped through it. I love ... Read full review

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User Review  - catsalive - LibraryThing

An enjoyable tale. The nursing & other medical care was interesting, as were the people. A little sentimental in spots but forgiveable. Recessional: noun. A hymn or other piece of music played at the end of a service while the congregation is filing out. Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
37
Section 3
61
Section 4
77
Section 5
105
Section 6
112
Section 7
122
Section 8
139
Section 19
279
Section 20
292
Section 21
317
Section 22
321
Section 23
326
Section 24
332
Section 25
340
Section 26
365

Section 9
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Section 10
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Section 11
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Section 12
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Section 13
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Section 14
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Section 15
186
Section 16
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Section 17
226
Section 18
238
Section 27
373
Section 28
381
Section 29
384
Section 30
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Section 31
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Section 32
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Section 33
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Section 34
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Section 35
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About the author (1995)

James A. Michener was one of the world s most popular writers, the author of more than forty books of fiction and nonfiction, including the Pulitzer Prize winning Tales of the South Pacific, the bestselling novels The Source, Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, Centennial, Texas, Caribbean, and Caravans, and the memoir The World Is My Home. Michener served on the advisory council to NASA and the International Broadcast Board, which oversees the Voice of America. Among dozens of awards and honors, he received America s highest civilian award, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, in 1977, and an award from the President s Committee on the Arts and Humanities in 1983 for his commitment to art in America. Michener died in 1997 at the age of ninety.

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