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We're Going Home

2024 Maine Literary Awards Finalist

 

At first, the words didn’t connect: Bill’s in the middle of the road. I think he’s alive. But when they did, Cynthia Thayer found her entire world cut adrift from its familiar moorings. Her husband Bill had been in an accident while driving their team of horses; he could not speak, so what had happened remained a mystery. With the emergency helicopter grounded by fog, Bill and Cynthia endured a long ambulance ride to Bangor, Maine, where doctors were waiting to treat him.

 

Bill and Cynthia had been through a lot over the previous four decades–learning to be farmers and passing on that knowledge from apprentices who came from all over the world … mourning a grandchild … seeing their barn–and nearly all their animals–succumb to a fire. 

 

But this time, Cynthia doesn’t know what comes next. Bill’s injuries are severe. Blood has pooled between his brain and his skull, as well as within the brain itself. Surgery isn’t possible until his condition improves … if it improves.In the waiting, Cynthia tells the story of the life, the farm, and the community that she and Bill built together and what happens when she brings him home again. 

 

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