Sixteen-year-olds Dick and Joyce fall in love and manage to marry at nineteen despite a mother determined to split them. When Dick is drafted and shipped to Korea, Joyce and their infant are forced to live with her manipulative mother.
In letters from six thousand miles away, Dick poetically writes of his longing for Joyce and relates bizarre incidents which occur around him. Separated and existing in alien environments, their relationship shifts.
Late in his life, Alzheimer's attacks Dick but fails to destroy their emotional bond.
In an exquisite paean to love, Joyce Sorensen reveals the intimate relationship of a couple who overcome numerous threats to their lifelong devotion. Her poignant words escort the reader through emotions that linger long after the book is closed.
|Publisher:||Two Cats Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)|
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Table of ContentsJune 21, 2013
Chapter 1. "I won't go steady
Chapter 2. "I have to buy an orchid."
Chapter 3. "I'm starting a tradition."
Chapter 4. "We need to consider separating."
Chapter 5. "I have to tell you something."
Chapter 6. "Crawl in, Honey."
Chapter 7. "What a story we'll tell our kids."
Chapter 8. "We'll both turn over."
Chapter 9. "Let's see what Uncle Sam has to offer."
Chapter 10. "I'm not afraid of getting kicked."
Chapter 11. "I would be the gentlest wildman."
Chapter 12. "Do not be late, Baby."
Chapter 13. "I'm a minor child."
Chapter 14. "They can just send me back on this boat."
Chapter 15. "Everything is for my family."
Chapter 16. "We have about 416 days left."
Chapter 17. "We're well back from the front."
Chapter 18. "My ache for you is acute."
Chapter 19. "I go my way and the Army can go the other way."
Chapter 20. "I am so lonesome, Honey."
Chapter 21. "Darn, I wish I were there to learn about babies."
Chapter 22. "TV could be a very educational medium."
Chapter 23. "The Indo-China news doesn't sound good."
Chapter 24. "Nuts to this place."
Chapter 25. "Your faith in me has been justified."
Chapter 26. "There are little green frogs in here."
Chapter 27. "You are the brilliant star of my universe."
Chapter 28. "Too many guys go to pieces over here."
Chapter 29. "I need you as I need oxygen."
Chapter 30. "Could you price 1955 Fords?"
Chapter 31. "I hope Karen will love me."
Chapter 32. "I'm off tomorrow after 151 days straight."
Chapter 33. "How grown up do we have to act?"
Chapter 34. "No chance of leaving until January 19."
Chapter 35. "We're In!"
Chapter 36. "Oh, Baby, we're finally together."
Chapter 37. "We're finally on our honeymoon."
Chapter 38. "Karen, this is Daddy."
Chapter 39. "I really want to stay in Eugene."
Chapter 40. "Whoop!"
Chapter 41. "C'mon, Blue Eyes."
Chapter 42. "I vote for Christmas morning."
Chapter 43. "More bissy, Daddy!"
Chapter 44. "Where else would I be?"
Chapter 45. June 10, 2013
Chapter 46. June 16, 2013
Chapter 47. June 17, 2013
Chapter 48. June 18, 2013
June 21, 2013
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Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite Joyce Sorensen’s memoir, Together Through Korea and Alzheimer's, is a tribute to her husband Richard Gale Sorensen whom she lovingly calls Dickie. The couple met in 1949 when they both attended Willamette High. Dickie and Joyce came from completely different backgrounds. Dickie was a popular student and he carried on a more than friendly relationship with Joyce that left her confused. After a few tentative steps, the relationship blossomed - despite the difficulties that Joyce’s mother placed between them. Married at nineteen, with the Korean War raging in Asia, Joyce and Dickie were determined to stay together. When Dickie was drafted by the US Military, the young couple already had Karen, their first child. Joyce had to go back to her parents’ home while Dickie was thousands of miles away with only letters and occasional phone calls to keep them together. Together Through Korea and Alzheimer’s is a book that relates the intimate relationship of high school sweethearts Dick and Joyce Sorensen. They got married at nineteen and stayed devoted to each other until Dick’s bout with Alzheimer’s and his eventual death. Joyce Sorensen looks back on a life with a man who has proven to be her soul mate. At a time when the divorce rate is at its highest level worldwide, theirs is an uplifting love story. It is beautiful proof that love endures. The story is pieced together through the various letters they exchanged when Dick was involved in the Korean War. More than anything else, these letters are the most revealing of their innermost thoughts and feelings. Separated and facing life’s ugly uncertainties, their bond becomes even stronger and this is perhaps the greatest lesson we get from this novel - that real love can conquer anything life brings us.
Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite In a tender, sweet and truly heartfelt true life story, Together Through Korea and Alzheimer's by author Joyce Sorensen is a book that no doubt will touch its readers in a profound way. Recounting the lives and love of Dick and Joyce Sorensen, from the time they meet and fall in love at the tender age of sixteen, against the objections of their families, to Dick's deployment to Korea, and all the way through to the end of Dick's life, when he and the family as a whole deal with his diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, this story shares the couple's adventures, happiness, tenderness and grief in such a compelling way that readers will have a hard time putting the book down once they've started it. I loved Together Through Korea and Alzheimer's. Loved. It. How's that for a review? This lovely story touched my heart from the very start, made me laugh at times, and brought me to tears at others. Author Joyce Sorensen's honest portrayal of her life with her husband Dick, from their youth all the way through the end of his life, is a tribute to both of them, and provides a wonderful example of the power of love through difficult times. Any reader who is looking for a wonderful real life love story should absolutely read Together Through Korea and Alzheimer's. I highly recommend this book, and thank author Joyce Sorensen for her willingness to share this very personal and beautiful story with her readers.
Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite Together Through Korea and Alzheimer's by author Joyce Sorensen is a beautiful retelling of the loving relationship between the author and her husband Dick, through joys and triumphs as well as fear and grief. Joyce and Dick fell in love at just sixteen years old, even though they came from families with vastly different beliefs. They marry at nineteen, and soon afterwards, Dick is sent to Korea, while Joyce and their baby daughter return to live with her parents under difficult circumstances. The story continues to follow the couple's lives and relationship all the way through Dick's eventual diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease and his death. The couple experience a great gift at the end of Dick's life, and he is able to communicate with Joyce in a moving and special way that will bring readers to tears and provide faith in the power of love. I very much enjoyed Together Through Korea and Alzheimer's. Author Joyce Sorensen has shared a very personal and emotional story in a beautiful way that her readers will be able to connect with and relate to. The Sorensens' story is one that shows the beauty of a relationship that has overcome many trials and tribulations with love, support and grace. Any reader who loves a story that takes place through an interesting period of time (the Korean War) and deals with issues that many families face, or a reader just looking for a great love story in general, would enjoy this book. I highly recommend it to such readers, and hope that we might get to read more from author Joyce Sorensen in the future.