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All the Dancing Birds [Kindle Edition]

Auburn McCanta
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)

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Book Description

IPPY Gold Winner for Popular Fiction, Benjamin Franklin Silver Medal
Lillie Claire Glidden is unraveling. She knows she's in trouble when she finds her wallet and keys deep in the refrigerator, smelling of lettuce and forgetfulness. Not even her favorite California red wine can dull the pain of the dreaded diagnosis: Alzheimer's.

As her language starts to fail and words disappear, Lillie Claire is determined to find a way to pass on the lessons she learned as a child on a Southern porch. Surrounded by family and caregivers, she fights to hold on to the details of her life, and to recognize the woman in the mirror for as long as possible.

Told from Lillie Claire's perspective, All the Dancing Birds offers a beautiful and terrifying look into the secret mind of those touched--and ultimately changed--by the mystery of Alzheimer's disease.

Product Details

  • File Size: 321 KB
  • Print Length: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Marcanti Clarke Literary Press (August 8, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008VI1KGG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I laughed, I cried ... " and I understood September 1, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I write this before I've come to the end of the book. It is, as I wrote on facebook and about another writer's book read just before I read Auburn McCanta's book, a "small" in size book. Yet, I can't read it straight through .. because my heart laughs and my eyes cry with all that happens as we age or that sometimes happens even while we are young.

My aunt (of blessed memory) lived with and died as a result of a form of dementia. What my uncle and cousins went through was so horrible - and yet, we laughed sometimes -- to ease the stress and because sometimes what happens is funny.

As we hear Alzheimer's inside-out from the words of Lillie Claire, we experience life as it was known and as what was known slips away. We experience -- and we do experience by reading -- how her adult children manage their relationships with their mother and with each other.

I will finish "All The Dancing Birds" and yet, I'd like to stay stuck in chapter 1 with Lillie Claire still more lucid than not and wave my magic wand - as I would over anyone with this terrible, awful disease - and make her healthy again.

Beautifully written and with "instructions" (by example of the characters) of how to live a life that changes.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Luminous May 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
At first I wasn't sure about this book, and not because the writing isn't competent (it is more than competent; it is completely luminous), or that I didn't care about the narrator who has Alzheimer's (are you kidding? I wanted her for my mom).

It's a silly reason, actually, but here it is: I couldn't see how just one voice/narrator, and a grand total of three somewhat peripheral characters (as it turns out, because we don't spend much time with them) would be enough to sustain a whole book (and me, who loves boatloads of characters and plot arcs intersecting plot arcs).

Well, what do I know? I was not only sustained, I was transported, and by 2am (when I should've been sleeping in prep for an early morning call), I was changed.

No spoilers here. Suffice to say that Auburn McCarta (an award-winning writer, and this book also picked up a recent award) is amazingly gifted. She moved me. She made me grateful for her work. She made heartbreaking moments exquisitely felt, but she also made me laugh, and she gave me understanding, too (those who know me know that my husband was also a victim of dementia). She made me want to buy a hundred copies of her book and give them all away, so everybody can feel and understand what this story evokes, that's how important I think McCarta and All the Dancing Birds are.

I hope this novel gets the promotion it needs and so richly deserves. I hope it's put in every library, and out there on every blog, and that it's not constantly compared to Lisa Genova's Still Alice (also about a woman with Alzheimer's--and Genova promoted Still Alice like nobody's business), because we don't need to compare the two. Yes, they share a focus, but they are different stories, very differently constructed. I highly recommend the beautifully wrought All the Dancing Birds--it's a story that will stay with me for a long, long time.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Perspective August 10, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A wonderful book, written from the perspective of the woman figuring out how to deal with the onset of Alzheimer's, which is a new take on such a terrifying and cruel disease. I couldn't put the book down, and can't wait to pass it on to my friends and family, especially those who are dealing with the care of a loved one with this awful disease. I highly recommend this book, even if you aren't dealing with this's a human story, a story that everyone will be able to relate to, from one perspective or another.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Way to Look at Alzheimers August 20, 2012
This author has taken an unusual approach to a difficult topic. Rarely do you see a work of fiction written with such heart and lyricism as this one. Instead of the usual third party prose about watching a loved one descend into Alzheimers, this book shows you a first person view from the inside. At once charming and deeply affecting, this unique work of literary art will not leave you unchanged.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dancing Birds a Must Read April 17, 2013
By sparky
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
From the first page to the last, I was intrigued by All the Dancing Birds. As a former full time caregiver for my mom and aunt, both of whom suffered from dementia, I recognized all the little signs of the failing mind. This book is unique in that it is written--beautifully and lyrically--from the viewpoint of Lillie Claire, a woman diagnosed with Alzheimer's. As we watch her condition worsen, we see it all from her perspective. She is aware of what is happening and laments the loss of her words.
This is a poignant, heart-warming, and inspiring story. I laughed and cried as I became attached to Lillie Claire and her family. I could see a little of myself in each of the characters, and because of that, I was wrapped up in their struggles and in the moments of joy and clarity that punctuated the deadly disease.
I truly wish I'd read this before my mom and aunt began their declines. Perhaps I could have helped and understood a little more.
All the Dancing Birds should be required reading for every family victimized by Alzheimer's.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Jmo
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Story is told from the unique viewpoint of the patient--Lillie Claire. The author very cleverly weaves Lillie Claire's life before alzheimers into the story via letters she wrote her children before the disease. McCanta's descriptions throughout the book are so vivid that even if you never actually experienced it--you will think you have after reading it. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written descriptive story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for anyone dealing with Alzheimer's
This was an incredible story of the thoughts inside a woman with Alzheimer's. i only wish I read it before my mother died of this horrible disease. Read more
Published 22 days ago by carla
5.0 out of 5 stars If you haven't read it, you're missing out
This book was recommended to me by another reader in the Kindle Forum here, so I downloaded it. And boy am I glad I did. This book went right to my heart. Read more
Published 28 days ago by SLB
5.0 out of 5 stars How A Failing Memory Feels
This book left me crying. No, I am not having increasing forgetfulness, just seeing the changes of moving from active mother to a retiree. But it is time to live, every day.
Published 1 month ago by Lplady
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
This book was very well written. It was heart breaking at times but overall showed the immense love of a mother coping with Alzheimer's.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
What a piece of art. I laughed and cried and loved my way through this book. Everyone who is exposed to Alzheimer's should read this. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kteb_2001
5.0 out of 5 stars ... we get to know and understand what Alzheimer's is like from the...
I was blown away by how intimately we get to know and understand what Alzheimer's is like from the inside. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ruth davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful...
An Alzheimer's victim who is a widow and mother, tells of the disease first hand from her daily experiences.
Published 3 months ago by NJHPlants
5.0 out of 5 stars A new favorite!
This is a beautifully written book about a horrible, ruthless disease. Like others, I laughed and cried for Lillie Claire and for those I have known for whom this disease was a... Read more
Published 3 months ago by candleglow
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the writing and the story even though it was sad.
I enjoyed the writing style very much. The description of emotions was very dynamic as were the dialogs. The story was compelling and written with a lot of feelings. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Veronika Krejci
5.0 out of 5 stars You really need to read this book.
All the Dancing Birds merits at least six stars. It is truly poetic prose. Auburn McCanta took me into the mind and soul of Lillie Claire, and I could feel what it was like to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nanna G.
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