Book: Between Two Eternities by Barbara Brettcategories: Book, Mainstream Fiction, Romance, Inspirational Fiction, Women's Fiction, Married Love, Right to Die, End-of-Life Decisions, Academic Politics, Brooklyn, Plaza Hotel, Dignity, Love Story
Barbara Brettabout this book: If you discovered that the person you loved most in the world was destined to die soon—and you were begged to help ease the inevitable end—would you do it? Could you do it?
Between Two Eternities, the love story of a marriage, deals with this eternal and tragic issue of the right to die with dignity. It is about a young husband's struggle to protect his wife from the terrible truth that she is dying, and then of the couple's desperate search to find together the courage to live with it. It is the account of their quest for answers to life's most painful questions. And of the love that comes to mean more than life itself—and that suddenly demands the ultimate sacrifice from both of them.
Upon its publication, Publishers Weekly praised it, writing: "The facts are cold; the story that unravels is warm and extremely moving ... Brett handles it impeccably."
Fran Lewis of Just Reviews wrote: "[E]veryone should read...this heartbreaking and enlightening novel. Some portraits will change and others we know will last for eternity if just in our hearts and minds."
Diane Donovan, Senior eBook Reviewer, The Midwest Review of Books, wrote: "[A] gripping saga packed with discussions of life and death's meaning, how to face the inevitable with dignity and wisdom ... Heartfelt, poignant, and—surprising—even uplifting at many unexpected points, Between Two Eternities will captivate any reader interested in life, death, and transition points in between."
The title comes from a traditional prayer for the Jewish New Year: "In the sight of God, a thousand years are but as yesterday when it is past. Our life is but a fleeting gleam between two eternities." Its beauty and wisdom has moved me since I was a child, making me realize from a very early age just how precious and ephemeral life is. I grew up knowing that someday I would write a book that I hoped would be worthy of those words as its title. Over the years, as controversies have grown over the right to die with dignity, I realized that I had my subject. I researched it carefully, from the medical background to the ethical questions involved. It wasn't difficult to find my characters. Robert and Marcie are people like my husband and me, like our friends and family—like you and your friends. They are a young couple deeply in love, and they seem to have everything going for them. Until the shadow of death falls over their marriage. Like their lives, the book is filled with love and laughter, as well as their search for courage and understanding. It is a search all of us must make in one way or another. It is my hope that, as they laugh and love and cry along with Robert and Marcie, readers will find solace and answers to their own quests to unravel life and love's most crucial questions.
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