- File Size: 533 KB
- Print Length: 250 pages
- Publisher: Marcanti Clarke Literary Press (August 8, 2012)
- Publication Date: August 8, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008VI1KGG
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #402,432 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.
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.
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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Good insight to what people with Alzheimer's are going through. Heart wrenching.Published 9 days ago by Karen Smith
All the Dancing Birds is the fictional account of Lillie Claire Glidden, a woman in her fifties who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Read morePublished 19 days ago by Tater
A beautiful and heart-wrenching book -- the reader takes the terrible journey into dementia with the protagonist. Made me both laugh and have nightmares.Published 27 days ago by Docendee
The unbearable sorrow that families and the person afflicted with Alzheimer go through are described in a very unique way in this book. Heart breaking .Published 1 month ago by maria g kok
Auburn McCanta, hit a home run with her debut novel. This is an insightful, unbelievably moving story by one who is most knowledgeable about Alzheimer's disease and all its stages,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Josie K
This is a beautifully written novel. A must read for anyone with aging parents or friends. Perhaps "aging" is a relative term. Anyone over fifty. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of the first fiction books I read about Alzheimer's. I absolutely loved Lillie Claire and the way she handled herself in the face of things she didn't always... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lana Phillips
Auburn McCanta has created a window into what life is like for the person dealing with Alzheimer's. Lillie Claire is a wonderful, memorable character. Read morePublished 3 months ago by L.
Amazing! Can't recommend enough! Alzheimer's from the patients perspective.Published 3 months ago by Doris Williams
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