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Many people are afraid of the dark, but Lily Townsend prefers it. If it were up to her, she would be perfectly content tending to her household chores solely by touch. Though she's safe and secure in her home in small-town Maine, she's often dogged by the idea that she's running for her life. Years before, she survived unthinkable horror and loss as a medic in Vietnam. Now married with a young son, she no longer needs to be afraid. Or that's what she keeps telling herself.
But haunted by memories of her wartime experiences, Lily is terrified by loud noises, and visited by the ghosts of those she failed to save. She struggles to maintain a sense of normalcy for her family, but this becomes increasingly more difficult. When an act of betrayal threatens what she holds most dear, her carefully constructed world begins to crumble. A bitter custody fight, an unexpected friendship with a man plagued by his own painful history, and the possibility of excruciating loss plunge Lily into despair and uncertainty. Reluctantly, she begins to question her resolve, her ability to care for her child, and her reasons to go on living.
A taut and moving account of a mother's love for her child, and a courageous portrait of a woman in Vietnam and after, Lily's Ghost is a mesmerizing novel of resilience and survival. (Fall 2006 Selection)