A young doctor in an old people's center rescues a woman from a car accident in which she loses a leg. He takes her to hospital and disappears for fear of another malpractice suit, but she tracks him down, though not to sue him. Lots of detail on geriatrics.
Recessional: noun. A hymn or other piece of music played at the end of a service while the congregation is filing out.
I love [[James Mitchener]], although in general I have to be in the mood to tackle one of his sweeping tomes. [Recessional] was different. It is a tighter story than his general sweeping tale of a place (think [Tales of the South Pacific] or [Hawaii]). The story of a doctor running from his profession due to lawsuits and high insurance premiums, it becomes a panorama of an upscale Florida retirement community. The residents and staff are fascinating, the backstory of making such a community popular and profitable interesting as well. My parents are in just such a community, although not in Florida, and what I read rang true in many ways. Michener adds his love of place in the descriptions of the flora and fauna of the Tampa community, and I found those portions of the story rewarding as well. Many of the vignettes of the residents left me teary-eyed. This book may not be for everyone, but I found it well-written and enjoyable.