A Walk Among Birches

A Walk Among Birches

A Novel

Book - 2002
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When Janey Nichols, a teacher of young children, becomes hospitalized for postpartum depression, her problems have just begun. The stillbirth of her infant son triggers memories of Janey trying, unsuccessfully, to save her little brother from drowning as he slipped through the ice in a lake near their childhood home.

Still guilt-ridden, suicidal and profoundly depressed, Janey is brought to a psychiatric hospital where she meets Delphina, a sassy, endearing black woman who is brutalized by the man in her life and who turns to drugs to save herself. Their friendship is infused with honesty, humor and love.

Janey's return home hardly provides the sanctuary she yearns for, especially when she discovers the truth of her husband's infidelity. Hurt to the core, Janey withdraws from life but then reaches beyond her own pain. She learns that in saving Delphina from her own terror, she might just save herself. This luminous story reveals the redeeming power of love found in the most unlikely places, and the salvation that comes from the heart of a true friendship.

Publisher: Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks, c2002.
ISBN: 9781570719080
Characteristics: 235 p.


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