Losing Julia by Jonathan Hull

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An epic story of love found and lost, Losing Julia begins in 1928 at the dedication of a memorial to the great War in France. American Patrick Delaney has come to mourn his fallen comrades, especially his best friend, Daniel. When he sees a woman standing alone in the crowd, he realizes she must be Julia, Daniel’s lover. Though Patrick is married, he and Julia fall desperately in love during the brief but unforgettable time they spend exploring the still haunted and battle-scarred countryside. Struggling to reconcile their love with the legacy of war and life’s obligations, Julia and Patrick cling to each other until one fateful 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, Jonathan Hull tells a remarkable story of memory and desire, history and destiny—and of the people who slip from our grasp, only to hold us forever.

About Jonathan Hull

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Jonathan Hull spent ten years working at Time magazine in various positions, including Jerusalem bureau chief and as a national correspondent, winning several prestigious awards along the way. Now writing fiction full-time, he lives in Marin County, California, with his wife and two children.
Published March 1, 2012 by Dancing Muse Press. 362 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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with the kind of face you instinctively want to touch and kiss.— The lovelorn noodlings of Patrick and Julia aren—t nearly as interesting as the blunt, bitter depiction of physical decay and psychic regret that plague nearly every inhabitant of the Great Oaks Home for Assisted Living.

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Hull is ultimately better at depicting war than--Patrick's memories of Julia are tinged with romantic cliche: her eyes are like ""precious stone"" and her smile suggests a ""combination of strength and vulnerability."" But his descriptions of the war are frightening and physical, with dirt dislod...

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Contrasting the starkingly haunting images --- of bodies blown apart, barbed wire and destruction --- and the raw words --- about the smell, the sounds and the taste of war --- is Daniel's almost poetic prose about Julia and his love for her.

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Unfortunately, Hull, a former bureau chief and correspondent for TIME, lacks the narrative gifts and literary finesse to keep the three strands of his novel—the nursing home, the Great War and the romance with Julia—taut enough for the reader to stay engaged.

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