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Published by Foremost Press
Trade Paperback
188 pages

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Nice Things Said
    "The vivid characters will 
     live on in your mind long 
     after you've finished the 
    "He [Sullivan] has once again 
     given us characters who lure 
     the reader into the story... 
     What a read!" 
     --- Christene,
     Tunnelton, West Virginia

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"Jud Gerard passed away quietly at home last night. He was a failure; then he got sick and died."

This was the obituary Jud penned for himself immediately after learning at the halfway point of life that he was suffering from an incurable malignancy. His gallows humor had been evoked by his fear of dying—especially dying as a failure in life. He'd been occupied as a freelance writer and self-styled "homesteader," yet he saw himself first and foremost as a novelist, albeit an unpublished and therefore failed novelist. His final story unfolds around the central people in his life, all very much alive, and all forced to deal vicariously with the issue of their own mortality as they try to help their friend through his final days.

The portrayal is candid, yet socked with humor of the sort that's inherent in our human efforts to find ultimate meaning in life and love and loss. In the present account, it is his partner, Joanna, who takes center stage.

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Coming Home Again
by Philip R. Sullivan
ISBN-10: 1-936154-57-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-936154-57-9

About this Book

Most of us believe it takes a lifetime to live a life. Yet barely halfway through, and Jud Gerard learned that this was going to be for him pretty much the whole ball of wax—not enough time left to even start to address the failures he felt so keenly.

Coming Home Again is, in part, an account of how Jud went about dealing with the premature closure of his life. But far more, it is the story of how his friends managed to stare a reflection of their own mortality straight in the eye long enough to support their friend on his journey home.

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About the Author

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Coming Home Again is Philip R. Sullivan's third novel. In addition to his private practice, Doctor Sullivan has taught clinical psychiatry and neuroscience at Harvard Medical School for many years. He lives in a countrified Massachusetts setting where he has also raised African sheep.

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A Review

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Philip R. Sullivan's second novel, Coming Home Again, is the story of Jud Gerard—a man in the prime of life who discovers he has terminal cancer—relating how he makes his way home again with some help from his friends.

It is Jud's partner Joanna who lies at the very heart of this account. Although her caring efforts are often frustrated by Jud's tendency to deal with his terminal illness by withdrawing from others, she manages to hang in there with him in extremely touching fashion, despite episodes of self-consoling behavior that may take readers by surprise.

Both Jud and Joanna come to life as the story unfolds, leaving us with the feeling that they are real people responding to their adversity in ways we can appreciate and learn from. The other characters, including April, John, and Doctor Morley, also blossom into people we might well know. This chronicle carries us into the sort of experience each of us may one day have to face; but through the tears, one comes away feeling both strengthened and uplifted.

We asked Dr. Sullivan why he'd decided to write a story about dying, rather than one that led to eventual triumph over a life-threatening illness. He laughed and answered: "When I was a boy, I always dreamed of becoming a medical hero saving lives. But when I actually became a doctor, experience eventually taught me that life itself is, as the saying goes, a terminal illness. And I came to especially admire the folks who learned to look all of life in the eye, including the part where they are 'coming home again.' These are for me among the truest of heroes, and that's why I was drawn to writing a story about one of them."

Coming Home Again was published by Foremost Press. It can be ordered through local bookstores and at, Amazon and Barnes &
ISBN-10: 1-936154-57-9
ISBN-13: 978-1-936154-57-9
188 pp, $12.97

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