Losing Julia

Losing Julia

Book - 2000
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Jonathan Hull's debut novel is an epic story of love found and lost, of life in all its joy and tragedy, that takes readers as far as a French battlefield during World War I and as near as a California nursing home. Spanning the twentieth century in time, and forever in heartfelt emotion, Losing Julia is storytelling prowess at its most sublime.

Through the eyes of Patrick Delaney, both bright as a nineteen-year-old American soldier off to fight the Great War and dim as an eighty-one-year-old man, Jonathan Hull shows readers one man's world of discovery, of love, and ultimately, of regret.

Julia was the beautiful lover of Patrick's best friend, Daniel. Patrick knew he was meant to be with her the moment he first saw her at a memorial service in eastern France, on the tenth anniversary of the battle in which Daniel died. Though married, Patrick falls desperately in love with Julia during the brief but unforgettable time they spend together exploring the still-battle-scarred countryside and grappling to make sense of what took place there. Struggling to reconcile their love with the havoc of war and life's obligations, Julia and Patrick cling to each other until one faltered step, when Patrick loses Julia, perhaps never to find her again.

From the vicious savagery of trench warfare to the sometimes comic and often tragic indignities of life in a nursing home, readers will make an unforgettable journey through Patrick Delaney's memories as he questions whether the joy he shared with Julia can outweigh the losses of a lifetime.


Julia was the beautiful wife of Patrick's best friend, Daniel. Patrick knew he was meant to be with her the moment he first saw her at a memorial service at Verdun, France, on the tenth anniversary of the battle that made her a widow. Though married, Patrick falls desperately in love with Julia during the brief but unforgettable time they spend together exploring the still battle-scarred countryside and grappling to make sense of what took place there. Struggling to reconcile their love with the havoc of war and life's obligations, Julia and Patrick cling to each other until one faltered step when Patrick loses Julia, perhaps never to find her again. -->
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, c2000.
ISBN: 9780385333757
0385333757
Characteristics: vi, 358 p.

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WVMLStaffPicks Dec 16, 2014

As a 19-year-old from New Jersey, Patrick Delaney wants nothing more than to fight in the Great War. When he heads off with his best friend, he doesn't know that only one of them will return. While in France at a memorial service for the tenth anniversary of the battle that killed his best friend, Patrick begins a passionate love affair with his best friend's widow, Julia. As they struggle to make sense of their love, Patrick makes a mistake that may cause him to lose Julia forever.

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bigfeet
Nov 29, 2012

An older gentlemen recalls his youth when he was fighting in France during the Great War and where he found and lost the great love of his life. Such a beautiful story.

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chillilog
Jun 04, 2012

Such a beautiful book. It covers World War I, love, relationships, aging - beautifully done. It will haunt you!

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sasie
May 01, 2011

I thought this book was a beautiful account of the reality of old age as well as an insightful account of war. It is a book of the human experience. The realities of life and love and death as they happened to one man. It takes us to the trenches on the front line and shows us the very realistic human experience of war and it also takes us into the mind and heart of an old man who is nearing the end of his life. It stays with you.

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greenacres
Apr 22, 2010

This title is one of my top ten reads. I would recommend this to people who like historical novels or a compelling storyline. His other novel "Distance from Normandy" is good as well.

Fluffy Mar 19, 2008

Patrick Delaney is such an interesting charactor.

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