"Well-crafted, graphic prose...compelling
in its depiction of a terrified homefront
battling a deadly disease."
"...a moving story..."
D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer
Midwest Book Review
Striking out on her own for the very first time, Lucile Ball accepts a teaching position in Michigan’s rugged Upper Peninsula, awaiting her fiancé’s return from the Great War. Initially thrilled by her newfound independence, Lucile’s world unravels when letters sent to her beloved Howard begin coming back unopened – the word WOUNDED stamped across his name – just as a deadly influenza epidemic that’s rounding the globe strikes. Unlike any virus ever seen, the so-called “Spanish Lady” brings healthy adults to the brink of death in mere hours and when no one else steps forward, Lucile volunteers to care for its victims. Helpless and alone, she watches as the stack of letters grows higher, afraid that she and her dreams for the future may never survive.
Based on a true story, A Far Different Path transports and inspires readers as it explores one woman’s brave journey through a life that veers off course in unexpected ways. This detailed and shocking account of the influenza epidemic, which killed over 50 million people worldwide, will linger long after Lucile’s own story ends.