Almost Heaven by Marianne Wiggins

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Almost Heaven is an intellectually dazzling, emotionally incandescent story of memory and the redemptive power of love.
        
Holden Garfield is a foreign correspondent, burnt out before he's thirty, who comes back to Virginia to try to forget his experiences of war abroad and to find new hope in his life. What he finds, instead, is a woman who is desperate for his help.
        
Through a chance phone call, Holden learns that his mentor's sister, Melanie, is hospitalized in Richmond with hysterical amnesia after her husband and sons were killed in a freak act of nature. Holden sets out to help her reconstruct her past, and almost at once the two embark on a passionate love affair--one fighting to remember, the other yearning to forget.
        
Memory. Passion. Loss. The ravages of extreme forces of nature . . . These are the themes Marianne Wiggins weaves through Almost Heaven with the same effects she so brilliantly deployed in her previous classic, John Dollar. In Almost Heaven she brings her dramatic force home, writing not only a whirlwind love story but a personal love letter to the American South.
 

About Marianne Wiggins

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Marianne Wiggins is the author of Herself in Love, John Dollar, and Eveless Eden. She has won a Whiting Award, an NEA Award, and the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize. She lives in London.
 
Published September 1, 1998 by Crown. 213 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction

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Enter Holden, who goes to see what he can do, falls in love with Melanie at first sight (in the hospital ward), finds out that Noah is in South Dakota and can't budge, and then, against doctor's advice, pops Melanie into a van and heads west.

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