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The author of the book: Cathie Borrie
Edition: NIGHTWING PRESS
Date of issue: August 26th 2010
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In this shimmering jewel of a memoir, The Long Hello~The Other Side of Alzheimer’s, author Cathie Borrie traverses rich terrain as she unearths the hidden and often painful treasures of a life well lived: the shadows and joys of childhood, the relationships that leave us both illuminated and bereft, the love, longing and loss that surge to the fore when a parent is ailing. Memory, and the losing of it, serves as a powerful guide, and Borrie follows her mother's eccentric and poetic lead into the past, transformed by the unexpected brilliance of the elder woman's shifting dementia mind.
A paean of redemptive beauty, The Long Hello cherishes the bond between mothers and daughters, and creates a startling change in society's perception of those journeying through Alzheimer's.
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"the long hello" USA release date April 19th, 2016 with ARCADE PUBLISHING (SKYHORSE).
CBC Broadcaster extraordinaire, GRANT LAWRENCE chooses "THE LONG HELLO" as one of the BEST books of 2015, by local authors!
SIMON & SCHUSTER CANADA, January, 2015
A powerful, ground-shifting account of caring for a parent with Alzheimer's about which Maya Angelou exclaimed, "Joy!"
Since Cathie Borrie delivered her keynote performance at the World Alzheimer's Day event sponsored by the Community and Access Programs of the Museum of Modern Art, her self-published manuscript has won rapturous praise from noted writers and Alzheimer's experts alike, from Maya Angelou, Lisa Genova, and Molly Peacock to Dr. Bill Thomas, Jed A. Levine of the Alzheimer's Association, NYC, and Meryl Comer of the Geoffrey Beene Foundation Alzheimer's Initiative. Now it is available to the general public for the first time in a trade edition.
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.
Written in spare, beautiful prose, largely in the form of a dialogue, The Long Hello exquisitely captures the intricacies and nuances of a daughter’s relationship with her mother. -
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Born in Vancouver, Cathie has had an extensive and diverse working life which includes careers in health, law and business. Most recently, she obtained a Certificate in Creative Writing from Simon Fraser University. Beginning as a nurse, she went on to attain a Masters of Public Health from Johns Hopkins University, graduated from Law School at the University of Saskatchewan.
Currently she is the writer, artistic director, and one of the performers of concerts based on text from THE LONG HELLO, which includes a musician.
Excerpts from her book, The Long Hello, have been shortlisted three times in the CBC Literary Awards. In 2010, Cathie was invited to speak and launch her books at MoMA in NYC for World Alzheimer’s Day.
The Long Hello is a lyrical memoir which reads like fiction and appeals to a wide ranging audience interested in the universal themes of love, family, and memory - their twists and turns.
Cathie and award winning playwright and director, James Fagan Tait have adapted "The Long Hello" for the stage.
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