But its themes are really about two realities that matter a great deal to my heart.
The first is the experience of reunion with and “coming home to” our truest self that we all must eventually encounter in our life. We each have our own timetable for this, but my opportunity to accompany many people toward the end of their lives has assured me that this is so. That privilege also allowed me to see that the benefits of achieving this inner reunion always extend far beyond our own small selves.
The novel’s second and particularly fascinating theme, for me, is the mysterious role that others play in the process of how our inner reunion occurs, often in highly unexpected ways.
As a child in Germany, and when I returned to visit as an adult, I heard little about the years of the Second World War — mostly just “thank God it’s behind us.”
Yet, similar to characters in the story, some of the kindest, most morally courageous people I knew were those Germans who never wanted the war, or National Socialism, and found creative ways to outlast it and to help others as they did.
They found the way to endure, not lose heart, and keep faith and hope in times of enormous destruction and suffering.
And, they made meaningful choices wherever they could, mostly on behalf of others, more than themselves.
As Elizabeth Sims, novelist and contributing editor at Writer’s Digest noted in her kind comments about the novel:
“Love can manifest itself in enigmatic—and unexpected—ways.”
And, as one character in the novel observes:
“Sometimes, we must outlast even what seems worse than we have imagined, because we believe in the things that are good.
So that there can be good things again.”
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