Compelling Novel Tells Story of a Husband’s Struggles and Recovery after the Death of his Wife

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Jerome M. Nathan tells the story of Dr. Victor Best, a clinical psychologist who struggles with his own life after his wife succumbed to cancer

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How does a husband recover from the pain of losing his wife? How will he pick up the pieces of his life knowing that she is gone forever? A wife is diagnosed with liver cancer. She has undergone liver transplant but, a year later, a malignancy developed that the surgeons could not reach, and she passed away within six torturous months. Even as her husband grieves for her loss, he has to find a way to strive for his own happiness in life.

RECOVERY is a moving novel that tells about one man’s struggle to recover and move on with his life after the death of his beloved wife who succumbed to a debilitating disease. Written by Jerome M. Nathan, this story centers around a 68 year-old clinical psychologist named Victor Best who recently lost his wife Martha to complications after she has undergone liver transplant operations.

Partly as a consequence of being in private practice, Best’s life has been fairly isolated. Without Martha to provide succor and companionship, he feels even more alone now that she has passed away. He senses her absence constantly and feels it immeasurably. He can hardly take a breath, without some memory of her bringing tears to his eyes. These memories, even the happy ones, cause only painful glimpses of what he now misses in his life. They seem old and faded, of a life lived long ago, which he wants to escape.

The shock of that realization that Martha is gone forever continues to haunt him. He couldn’t see going on without her as he just lost contact with his own life. Disassociated, he existed on remote control. Automatically, by the numbers, he drifted through the hours, numb to his feelings, to his pain, to his loss. After Martha’s passing, he began to see himself as an old man, living by the numbers. His pain in recounting to himself of Martha’s illness and death was relentless. His attempts to clear his head of his self torture were not working. He is failing miserably. It was his hope that talking and listening to his patients would free him from his painful preoccupations with Martha, but it had the opposite effect. Will he ever recover and move on? Or will Martha’s memory keeps on lingering in his mind?

Readers will find this touching novel a very interesting read as it delves deep into a moving story which vividly reflects the pain, agony, suffering, denial, realization, self-discovery and acceptance of people who were left behind after losing a love one. RECOVERY will show that coming to terms with one’s own emotions and reconnecting with people can actually lead to a rewarding therapy experience.

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About the Author
Jerome was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He got married, was educated and trained as a psychologist in California. For the past 14 Years he has practiced psychotherapy in Santa Barbara. He is mostly directed towards helping in the personal growth of each individual who seeks his help. He has also published several fiction books. He is passionate about writing and traveling.

RECOVERY * by Jerome M. Nathan
Publication Date: May 29, 2012
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