Bird in A Cage

Bird in A Cage

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"Once a sharp, strong-willed and independent woman, Roher's grandmother's life took an unexpected turn when an accident left her with a brain injury, leading to early onset dementia. An unlikely protagonist, grandma was an elderly woman trapped by her deteriorating mind, aging body and the walls around her. This story illuminates the often overlooked narrative of a senior, her complicated history and inner life. Loveable and tragic, she is determined to get back to a familiar place, to be home again. Roher digs deep into her grandmother's personal history, learns to manage her escapes, and tries to create a safe environment for her. Exploring memory, the idea of place, and the power of song to transcend dementia, Bird in a Cage tells the story of one woman's search for home and the strength of family to try and bring her back"
Publisher: Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada :, Conundrum Press,, [2016]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781772620054
Branch Call Number: 616.831 ROHER
Characteristics: 109 pages : black and white illustrations, map ; 23 cm


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Oct 03, 2016

Great storytelling, evocative and personal.

KateHillier Aug 10, 2016

Only two things made this hard to read: the cramped artwork and the subject matter. The latter of those two things is the whole point of the book so I felt sticking with it anyway was important.

Dementia is awful, accidents are awful, so much of dying and the process of can be awful. This family does it's best to stand together, share memories, be there for each other, and face the death of a beloved matriarch with as much grace and dignity as they can for themselves and for Mary.


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