Shared Emptiness

Shared Emptiness

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by John Brinling
     
 

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A portrait of the harrowing despair and remarkable courage of a middle-class family tormented beyond endurance by a mindless act of violence.
Chris Carter, at 24, a medical student, had it all. Good looks, intelligence, a winning personality, a loving family. His girlfriend, Louise, was his dream girl, and he had everything ahead of him, everything to live for....…  See more details below

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A portrait of the harrowing despair and remarkable courage of a middle-class family tormented beyond endurance by a mindless act of violence.
Chris Carter, at 24, a medical student, had it all. Good looks, intelligence, a winning personality, a loving family. His girlfriend, Louise, was his dream girl, and he had everything ahead of him, everything to live for....
Until he was mugged after walking Louise home from his sister’s birthday party—and his world and the world of all those who knew him was changed forever.
His brain damage was significant, and it was touch-and-go whether he would ever again be the person he was, ever again be able to leave the hospital bed and walk outside in the summer sun.
His family and friends—simple, good folk— struggled to come to grips with their changed reality, and were forced into decisions that no one should ever have to make.
Chris’ mother, Frannie, struggled to hold the family together, while consumed with grief.
Vince, Chris’ father, dodged reality and continued his unrealistic existence until reality could not be denied.
Jeannie, Chris’ younger sister, who always considered herself a second class citizen, didn’t know how to seize the advantage Chris’ hospitalization offered.
Martha, Frannie’s sister, was the steel in the family’s spine until her own faith was severely tested by a tragedy in her own immediate family.
Father Norman, Chris’ friend and parish priest, was forced to choose between his church and his friend. His battle about what was right and wrong pitted him against Father Whittier, his pastor, and his God.
Dr. Meredith, the neurosurgeon who operated on Chris, not only faced incredible medical problems, but also the treachery of his subordinates, particularly Dr. Prendergast, a research-oriented psychologist.
Dr. Prendergast saw Chris as a unique test subject and, despite warnings by Dr. Meredith to the contrary, tried to get Chris to participate in his sensory deprivation experiments.
Carol, Chris’ nurse, who found a way to communicate with Chris beyond the superficial and the mundane, changed the course of events.

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Editorial Reviews

Lisa Briggs
Review by: Lisa Briggs on June 16, 2011 :
“Shared Emptiness,” by John Brinling shook my heart and my guts. I’ve never read a book quite like this and it is not one I’ll ever forget. From the beginning I found myself passionately engaged in the Carter family - Vince, Frannie, Jeannie and Chris. These were people I could have easily known. They seem familiar and I immediately felt comfortable with all of them. They could be my neighbors or acquaintances but on
sandigrn Not Known
Review by: sandigrn on June 07, 2011 :
Wow, this story is so relevant in 2011 as it would have been in the 1970's.
Have you ever doubted when to act on your gut feelings or leave it up to God on matter of merciful death & assisted suicide? If you have had those moments, this is a story for you. Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, it doesn't matter, the eternal question is always there in our hearts.
DO you wonder how the other person can "be" so happy and you aren't? The ch
Gloria Marotta
Review by: gloria marotta on June 10, 2011 :
This was my first read by John Brinling. Can't say enough about it! The characters are captivating, in that we can all relate to them in certain aspects of our own lives. John even throws in an unexpected twist at the end. This is a MUST read that will leave an impression on you long after you put it down! Thanks, John! Looking forward to reading your other works!
Alice W
Review by: Alice W on June 06, 2011 :
A story of a family whose life seems pretty normal until tragedy strikes the one member of the family who has seemed to always keep them all together.
The struggle the family goes through with their own guilt, the church, their every day living, which has changed so dramatically overnight.
Every one has their own way of handling it, or at least they think they do, until things seems to get worse instead of better. That's when things seem t
Nancy Eriksen
Review by: Nancy Eriksen on May 30, 2011 :
In a world of long lived Catholicism the choices are never easy. When the oldest son, the “Golden Boy” is terribly injured no one knows where to turn except the Church. The Church, as often happens; falls short. By a mile or two.
In Shared Emptiness, author John Brinling shows us both sides of the coin. The daughter, outshone on every level by her older brother, who clings to Mass as a life jacket. Mom who has grown up in the

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940012455727
Publisher:
John Brinling
Publication date:
06/27/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
2 MB

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