bereavement -- fiction

The Twelfth Angel

By Og Mandino

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"John Harding had a high-powered career, a loving wife, and a beautiful son. He's lost it all and has returned to his home town of Boland, New Hampshire, teetering on the brink of suicide. But an old friend asks John to manage his old Little League team, the Angels. Reluctantly, he agrees, and meets a hopeless player who bears a striking resemblance to his dead son--and through their extraordinary relationship, John finds the wisdom in living that he thought had slipped beyond his grasp forever...."
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A Son Comes Home

By Joseph Bentz

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A contemporary novel about a graduate student who returns to his family after a long absence to find that the wounds opened after his brother's death still haven't healed. Haunted by the past, the family struggles to heal the bonds of pain that link them.
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The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship

By Lisa Verge Higgins

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Three women, unable to confront the problems of their own lives, have in common a friend with a generous soul, an irrepressible spirit-- and a serious illness. In her final letters, Rachel raises one question: what makes a friend live in our hearts forever?

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