The Long Hello

The Long Hello

Memory, My Mother, and Me

Book - 2015
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A stirring memoir of a daughter caring for a mother with dementia that is sure to become a touchstone for many others.

The Long Hello explores the emotional rewards and challenges that Cathie Borrie experienced in caring for her mother, who was living with Alzheimer's disease, for seven years. Between the two, a wondrously poetic dialogue develops, which Ms. Borrie further illuminates with childhood memories of her family, and her struggle to maintain a life outside her caregiving responsibilities. The Long Hello demonstrates how caregiving creates an opportunity to experience the change in a relationship that illness necessitates, one in which joy, meaning, and profound intimacy can flourish.

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.
Publisher: Toronto : Simon & Schuster Canada, ©2015.
ISBN: 9781476792514
Characteristics: 228 pages ;,20 cm.


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Oct 03, 2019

This book, based on the true story of care-giver Cathie, delves into the conversations she had with her mother Jo. During the last seven years of her life, Jo suffers from Alzheimer’s and her daughter Cathie takes extremely good care of her. The narration is often disjointed to show how an Alzheimer’s patient’s mind goes awry. Reads very quickly but is quite sobering.

Aug 29, 2019

This memoir details the author's caring for her mother through seven years of memory loss due to Alzheimers. Cathie shows remarkable patience and fortitude in dealing with her mother, Jo. Jo in turn shows lucidity at times. With more and more of us heading towards the caregiver role, this is a useful book to read.

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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