The Long Hello

The Long Hello

Memory, My Mother, and Me

Book - 2016
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"The Long Hello distills the seven years the author spent caring for her mother into a page-turning memoir that offers insight into the "altering world of the dementia mind." During that time, Borrie recorded brief conversations she had with her mother that revealed the transformations within--and sometimes yielded an almost Zenlike poetry. She includes selections from them in chapters about her experience that are as evocative as diary entries. Her mother was the emotional pillar and sometime breadwinner in a home touched by a birth father's alcoholism, a brother's early death, divorce, and a stepfather's remoteness. In Borrie's spare prose, her mother's story becomes a family's story as well a deeply loving portrait that embraces life"--
Publisher: New York : Arcade Publishing, 2016
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781628726640
Branch Call Number: RC523.2 .B67 2016
362.1968 Borrie
Characteristics: 226 pages ; 21 cm


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Jun 14, 2017

Truth can be stranger than fiction - the author has included transcripts of conversations with her aging mother in the throes of dementia as nuggets of reality (???) studded throughout this literary memoir.
Borrie also offers a brutally honest reflection on the pain and sacrifices she made as a caregiver to an Alzheimer's disease sufferer. The emotions fly from "two glasses of a favorite red wine, two bars of dark chocolate, and one and a half sleeping pills" (a recipe for sleep), to brilliantly clear moments of heavenward visions.

Jun 17, 2015

An honest gut wrenching portrayal of watching a loved one go through Alzheimer's in their own words courtesy of the daughter/author/caretaker Cathie Borrie. Hopefully all who finds themselves in same predicament will do themselves a favour by reading this and enlightening themselves via the scripting of a most user friendly soul baring selfless woman who brings the heart and mind of one afflicted with this nightmarish neurological disorder to the attention of all. Not only does it help us understand the deterioration of the mind afflicted but of the struggles and inner turmoil of a loved one tending to the one stricken with it. Well done Ms. Borrie. Your mother would have been proud of you.

Oct 31, 2011

Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book about the relationship between mother and daughter, their back stories and how they got along put into conversations and thoughts. Discusses how she cared for her mother who had Alzheimer's. Easy read.


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