A prizewinning author's gripping story of critical care at all altitudes.
This book gives us so much more than the details of Jennifer Culkin's experiences as an intensive care nurse; it lifts us into the world of the helicopter and into some of life's highest dramas. A Final Arc of Sky carries its "mortal freight" with candid honesty as it addresses how we choose to live our lives, and sometimes how we end them. I loved the stories, the language, the point of view, but what I loved most was the way this book was able to break my heart-then mend it.
-Judith Kitchen, author of Distance and Direction
"A Final Arc of Sky is one of the very few books I've read that is simultaneously 'I-can't-stop-turning-pages' riveting and profoundly meditative. With her electrifying scenes, her gorgeous sentences, and her provocative explorations of the borderland between life and death, Culkin engaged my heart, my intellect, my artistic sensibility, and my adrenaline. A remarkable debut."
-Ann Pancake, author of Strange as This Weather Has Been
Jennifer Culkin (RN, CCRN) is a critical care and former emergency flight nurse. In the course of a thirty-year career, she has cared for people across the life span, from the smallest premature infants to adults entering their second century.
Educated at Russell Sage College (BSN) and the Rainier Writing Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University (MFA), Jennifer's essays have appeared in many literary magazines, including Utne Reader and The Georgia Review.
A 2008 recipient of the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, she lives with her family on an island near Seattle and is the nonfiction editor for the literary journal Crab Creek Review. A Final Arc of Sky is her first book.
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