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The Snow Angel Hardcover – October 25, 2011
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About the Author
Brandon Dorman is the illustrator of Be Glad Your Nose is on Your Face and The Wizard, both by Jack Prelutsky; and The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck. He received a degree in fine arts from Brigham Young University—Idaho and lives in Puyallup, Washington, with his family.
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The book tells one story through the eyes of two main characters. It begins with the setting of a nursing home on Christmas Eve. The story from the viewpoint of Alzheimer patient Mitch is like watching the surroundings through his eyes, feeling what he feels. He has broken memories of his past, of his wife whom he "loved and loathed." He waits for someone or something, but he doesn't know for whom or what. At one heart-wrenching moment, he holds a glittery paper snowflake and knows that for a while at least, the little girl in his memory loved him. He struggles with bits of memory of ways that he failed his little girl, realizing that "there are sins of omission as surely as there are sins of commission" and ponders whether if he had held her more and worked less, maybe everything would have been different.
This old man's thoughts are things we can take to heart, lessons we can learn while there is still time. This is so genuinely written that it's hard to believe that the person writing it hasn't experienced what it is like to have Alzheimers, though of course that would be impossible. I came away from reading this part with much more compassion for what an impaired memory patient might be going through.
The second viewpoint is told through the story of an abused woman, Rachel, who appears to have the idyllic life. The story is set in a small town and consists of a time period of about two months leading up to Christmas Eve.
Rachel recounts the emotional and verbal abuse doled out by her alcoholic mother.Read more ›
This shows love is deep and when you think others do not care sometimes we just don't know how deeply they do care. This book touched me in so many ways. It is a wonderful story of finding of one's self and how you affect others. Even when all seems lost it is not always. There can be pain and also redemption. As long as one is alive it is never too late.
I loved the book and would give it a 5 star rating. Do have tissues close.
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Great book! You will be move, inspired and you will learn about what matters most. Very moving!Published 2 months ago by Wilson Farrar
I am the child of alcoholic parents, and my wife suffered through an abusive marriage in her previous life. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Paul S. Brzozowski
This is a wonderful depiction of love and suffering in the midst of abuse, connecting, loss, and recognizing the glory of God and his love for all.Published 8 months ago by Shirley J. Hammond
As a physician and son of a deceased dementia patient, my mother, I found this book to offer insight to the world of both the family and the deteriorating family member. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Steve Ferguson