Robert Bear practiced as a nephrologist (kidney specialist) for over thirty-five years. He is a former Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and, subsequently, the University of Alberta. He has also held senior management positions in several health care organizations, has worked broadly as a health care consultant and has published widely in the medical field. He and his wife divide their time between Canmore, Alberta and Naples, Florida.
Sorrow's Rewardby Robert Allan Bear
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Sorrow’s Reward takes place in a dialysis unit, where patients with kidney failure receive their treatment. Reflecting the spirit of Edgar Lee Masters’s Spoon River Anthology and employing fiction’s unique power, it gives voice to the silent ruminations of patients, doctors, health care workers, administrators, health care industry representatives, and family members as they reflect upon their lives and upon their experiences in this unique and special place.
Each entry stands alone; each makes a comment, subtle or direct, upon the rich, sad intricacy of life. Yet as the book develops, the threads of these reflections are drawn together and intertwined, as individuals speak about their own existences and observe and pass judgement on the posturing and behaviour of those they see around them. And while these stories are being told, tragic events occur, passions are revealed and hidden lives are laid bare.
“There is no swashbuckling here,
no demons gloriously slain,
There are heroes, of course,
but their battles are hardly epic ones.
Their foe is a silent killer;
their heroism is forged inch by daily inch.
It is gritty work,
not the stuff of fantasy.”
- from Sorrow’s Reward
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This is a thoughtful and compassionate story.
Beautifully written - great character development. Couldn't put it down! A book to keep at your bedside to reread your favorite vignettes.