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In this novel, Jim Kennoway, an ornithologist, reflects on his life, both his time in the Pacific Theater during World War II and his life now on a small remote island in Maine. He is haunted by his past, and when he receives a letter from the daughter of the Solomon Islander who helped him during the war, Jim's memories of the birds, the people, the war, and the death roll together quicker and quicker. He desperately needs help coming to terms with his past, but is steadfastly independent. The author has such control over the idiosyncracies of her main character and allows the reader to truly see him, flaws and all.
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