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The warm hands of ghosts : a novel / Katherine Arden.

Arden, Katherine, (author.).


January 1918. Laura Iven was a revered field nurse until she was wounded and discharged from the medical corps, leaving behind a brother still fighting in Flanders. Now home in Halifax, Canada, she receives word of Freddie's death in combat, along with his personal effects; but something doesn't make sense. Determined to uncover the truth, Laura returns to Belgium as a volunteer at a private hospital. Soon after arriving, she hears whispers about haunted trenches, and a strange hotelier whose wine gives soldiers the gift of oblivion. Could Freddie have escaped the battlefield, only to fall prey to something, or someone, else? November 1917. Freddie Iven awakens after an explosion to find himself trapped in an overturned pillbox with a wounded enemy soldier, a German by the name of Hans Winter. Against all odds, the two men form an alliance and succeed in clawing their way out. Unable to bear the thought of returning to the killing fields, especially on opposite sides, they take refuge with a mysterious man who seems to have the power to make the hellscape of the trenches disappear. As shells rain down on Flanders, and ghosts move among those yet living, Laura's and Freddie's deepest traumas are reawakened. Now they must decide whether their world is worth salvaging, or better left behind entirely.

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  • ISBN: 9780593128251
  • ISBN: 0593128257
  • Physical Description: 324 pages : map ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Del Rey, [2024]
Subject: Canada > Armed Forces > Nurses > Fiction.
Missing persons > Fiction.
Nurses > Fiction.
Wounds and injuries > Fiction.
Volunteers > Fiction.
Hospitals > Fiction.
Hotelkeepers > Fiction.
Wine > Fiction.
Siblings > Fiction.
Belgium > Fiction.
World War, 1914-1918 > Fiction.
Genre: Fantasy fiction.
Magic realist fiction.
Historical fiction.
War fiction.

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  • 9 of 23 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at North Kansas City.


  • 2 current holds with 23 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
North Kansas City Public Library FICTION ARDEN 2024 (Text) 0001012539102 Fiction New Checked out 03/07/2024

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