Lives We Leave Behind by Maxine Alterio

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In July 1915 the hospital ship Maheno leaves Wellington with seventy New Zealand nurses on board.

Addie Harrington and Meg Dutton are assigned to the same cabin. Quiet and cautious, Addie is taken aback by her impetuous, fun-loving roommate. The two women seem to have little in common other than a desire to serve their country. But as they care for injured and dying soldiers in Egypt and France, they discover that deep connections can develop under unusual circumstances.

When Meg meets British surgeon Wallace Madison, she falls for him immediately and amidst the chaos of overloaded military hospitals they embark on an intense love affair. Addie suspects Wallace has much to hide and fears the relationship will destroy her friend.

Maxine Alterio brings a novelist's eye to the startling story of New Zealand's World War I nurses. I was enthralled and moved by the lives of these women and their experiences of war. Laurence Fearnley, award-winning novelist

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Janice McDrury is an educator and health researcher at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand. She has 17 years' experience as a nurse educator and is a Senior Lecturer.Maxine Alterio is a staff development coordinator at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin. She encourages practitioners from a range of disciplines to use formalized storytelling techniques.
Published October 24, 2012 by NZ ePenguin. 282 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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