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by Quick, Matthew

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TitleThe reason you're alive
Author / Responsible partyQuick, Matthew
GenreWar stories.
TopicsWar stories. Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Veterans -- Fiction. Health -- Psychological aspects. Brain -- Tumors. Agent Orange.
Intended AudienceAdult
PublisherVisAbility Ltd.


After 68-year-old David Granger crashes his BMW, medical tests reveal a brain tumour that he readily attributes to his wartime Agent Orange exposure. He wakes up from surgery repeating a name no one in his civilian life has ever heard, that of a Native American soldier whom he was once ordered to discipline. David decides to return something precious he long ago stole from the man he now calls Clayton Fire Bear. It might be the only way to find closure in a world increasingly at odds with the one he served to protect. It might also help him finally recover from his wife's untimely demise. As David confronts his past to salvage his present, a poignant portrait emerges: that of an opinionated and goodhearted American patriot fighting like hell to stay true to his red, white and blue heart, even as the country he loves rapidly changes in ways he doesn't always like or understand. Hanging in the balance are Granger's distant art-dealing son, Hank; his adoring seven-year-old granddaughter, Ella; and his best friend, Sue, a Vietnamese-American who respects David's fearless sincerity.

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System control numberE15403
Original Print PublisherNew York, N.Y. : Harper, [2017].
Narrator NameR.C. Bray.
Participant or performer noteR.C. Bray.
Narrators GenderMale narrator