The Communist's Daughter by Dennis Bock

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The Communist's Daughter is a sweeping novel of love and betrayal spanning the trenches of the Great War to the horrors of Spain and China.

Norman Bethune was a visionary whose dedication touched millions. Rebelling in childhood against his father's religion, he finds a calling himself, saving lives on the battlefield. In Republican Spain he fulfills his idealism, yet before long politics destroy his romance and drive him to seek refuge in China. Here, in service to a man eventually known as Mao Zedong, Bethune begins this account of his life and his cherished beliefs for the only person who still makes a future seem possible: the daughter he has never seen.

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About Dennis Bock

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Dennis Bock lives with his wife and their two sons in Ontario. His novel The Ash Garden was published in nine countries and received the Canada-Japan Literary Award in 2002.  
Published February 13, 2007 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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(“It is an intolerable thought,” he writes, “a full life without you.”) But the dedication to duty that keeps him writing — not just letters, but medical treatises for his Chinese students — also keeps him from his by-then-motherless child.

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Entertainment Weekly

Norman Bethune was an early-20th-century doctor without borders: The pioneering battlefield surgeon worked on the front lines of the Spanish civil war and China's Communist revolution.

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Historical Novel Society

The Communist’s Daughter, and it is a work of fiction (there is no proof Bethune had a daughter), shows Bethune in his last days, struggling to evaluate his life while acting as Chief Medical Officer to Mao’s Red Army.

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