The Sea Is Quiet Tonight: A Memoir by Michael H. Ward

MoMo Book Diary recommends Michael Ward’s The Sea Is Quiet as a very emotional memoir. Michael truly honors Mark’s memory with this memoir.

“The Sea Is Quiet Tonight: A Memoir” tells a heartbreaking story that will have you hooked from the start.

The author writes from the heart as he tells the wonderful yet brutally honest story of his relationship with his partner, Mark Halberstadt. Mark was the 100th person in Massachusetts to be diagnosed with AIDS.

I was too young to fully understand the chatter about AIDS during the 1980s.  Since then, I have read a number of articles and books on the devastation brought with an AIDS diagnosis – nothing has touched me in the way this memoir has.

At times I felt that I was reading the author’s personal diary, it was so raw and honest. The characters were described perfectly and I felt that I knew them personally.

Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this title prior to its publication date.


In this insightful and inspirational memoir, Michael Ward returns to the early years of the AIDS epidemic, when so little was known and so few who were diagnosed survived. He chronicles in candid detail his partner Mark’s decline and eventual death.

By looking back on these devastating events, the author not only honors a generation lost to the illness but also opens a vital window onto the past, before medication helped save lives and when HIV/AIDS was usually a death sentence.


AUTHOR Michael H. Ward
BOOK TITLE The Sea Is Quiet Tonight: A Memoir
PUBLISHER Querelle Press
PRINT LENGTH 204 pages


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