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Here is a synopsis:
At age 51, Dr. Doretha Vaughn decides to advertise for a husband through Love on AOL. "Be careful," her daughter warns. "Don't worry," Doretha responds, "I'm a pretty good judge of people."
Soon she finds the love of her life. For eight years, Sam Cawley, a warm and kind man, treats her like a queen - filling her days and nights with laughter and affection while providing a caring refuge from the daily suffering and death she battles as an emergency physician.
But on May 14, 2007, at Boston's Logan Airport, a phone call from the Broward County Sheriff in Florida pulls the plug on Doretha's life of happiness and security. She learns that Sam Cawley is really William Wallace, an escaped felon who has been on the lam for seventeen years and is now wanted in Florida on charges of identity theft and credit card fraud. "You may not want me in your life after this," Sam/William tells her. "I certainly wouldn't blame you."
What should an intelligent, accomplished, self-respecting woman do?
The Fugitive's Doctor, a novel by Deirdre-Elizabeth Parker, reveals a surprising, provocative, and ultimately poignant answer. Instead of racing home, dumping all her husband's belongings on the driveway, and running over them in her Mountaineer, she declares her unwavering commitment to the man who has been living a lie. Far from withdrawing in anger and bitterness as the "victim" the authorities label her, she becomes her husband's most powerful ally in navigating a tangled web of legal nightmares, secrecy, family betrayal, and emotional and financial upheaval.
For two years, she leads an excruciating campaign for reasonable sentencing terms that might bring her husband back home to her before time and ill health take his life in prison.
Her vow to stand by her man never wavers.
Why would the former Chair of a hospital Emergency Department and Associate Dean of Medicine at a University Medical School choose a course that many women would consider foolish or destructive - an act of relinquishing personal integrity and self-esteem? Why would she cling to a marriage sustained only behind prison walls?
Doretha (Doe) reveals her answers with a startling openness, honesty, and passion that challenge all our assumptions, beliefs, and judgments. As she chronicles her personal crisis and shares her innermost feelings, Doe makes the case that what she is doing is what we all should be doing. Practicing unconditional love, not with blinders but with compassion, caring, and an awareness of the big picture. Helping one another heal from deep, painful wounds. Recognizing our own roles in the troubles that others appear to bring us. Honoring and finally celebrating the metamorphosis that can come when we choose what is right even when others are absolutely sure it is wrong.
Many readers may see her husband as a con man, drug dealer, and thief. But to those who do not understand her choices, she asks: "How could you behave differently? I walk this world without regret." Whether women cheer Doretha's every move, slowly come to respect her stand, or shake their heads and say, "Girl, what are you doing?" they will be swept along on this journey into the depths of a crisis that few of us can imagine. Ultimately, The Fugitive's Doctor is a dynamic and thoughtful story not just of the strength of the vows of marriage but of human frailty, stamina, fear, courage, hope, forgiveness, deepening love, and salvation.