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The Dead Don't Dance

WestBow Press / 2004 / Paperback

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Young marrieds in love, Dylan and Maggie Styles are awaiting the birth of their first son. When the baby is delivered stillborn and Maggie slips into a coma, Dylan finds everything he's known thrown into doubt. Will it take another tragedy to awaken him from his stupor and open him to new life? 330 pages, softcover from Nelson.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2004
Dimensions: 8.5 X 5.43 (inches)
ISBN: 0785261818
ISBN-13: 9780785261810
UPC: 020049025086
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A sleepy rural town in South Carolina. The end of summer and a baby about to be born. But in the midst of hope and celebration comes unexpected tragedy, and Dylan Styles must come to terms with how much he's lost. Will the music of his heart be stilled forever—or will he choose to dance with life once more, in spite of sorrow and heartbreak?

The Dead Don't Dance is a bittersweet yet triumphant love story—a tale of one man's spiritual journey through the darkness of despair and into the light of hope.

Author Bio

Charles Martin is the New York Times bestselling author of 12 novels. He and his wife, Christy, live in Jacksonville, Florida. Learn more about him at charlesmartinbooks.com. Facebook: Author.Charles.Martin Twitter: @storiedcareer

 

 

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  1. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    What would you do, if your baby was born deceased, and seconds later your wife lapsed into a coma?
    August 21, 2016
    Mark Evans
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I love these lines from the story, I think that if we could give God a choice, Hed prefer that we scream and argue rather than say nothing at all I keep the lines open If God is who he said He is, then Hes big enough to handle my ranting and raving and all my questions. (p. 181)

    Dylan and Maggie are living the good life. After obtaining his doctorate Dylan was unable to find a teaching job. But he found himself pleasantly satisfied working the land at his deceased grandfathers farm. They were happy with their lot in life. And farming had not been all that bad. All except for a mean pig, of course, the pig was only mean to Dylan. About four weeks after a romantic evening, Dylan and Maggie realized that they were expecting. They were ecstatic, they enjoyed months of preparation. The baby was born deceased. After vomiting Maggie lapsed into a coma. She continued to bleed, so much so, that Dylan had to give one more pint than what was normally allowed.

    This novel tells the story of Dylans suffering, and how he learned to cope with the reality that his wife was in a coma, and that she may never wake up. I loved the story, and I thought it was brilliant. During this difficult time, Dylan, unbeknownst to himself, influenced so many people. The main story revolves around Dylan and Maggie, but there is so much more. I enjoyed reading about all the characters and how all of their stories (lives) tied together. Near the end of the book Dylan realized that he was not alone. And he learned that he was not the only one who experienced suffering. If you read this book, make sure that you keep a box of tissues nearby. There is a sequel to this book, Maggie. I will read it soon.
  2. Naperville, Il
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Wally Lamb plus Faith
    April 24, 2012
    RandyEhrler
    Naperville, Il
    If you have read and enjoyed books by Wally Lamb, you will love The Dead Don't Dance. It reminded me very much of both I Know This Much is True and The Hour I First Believed. It follows Dylan Stiles, the main character, as his life spirals as a result of tragedy and his struggle to understand why bad things happen to good people. Most importantly, he does this through the lens of faith in God, without which we are all lost. Excellent read.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 20, 2009
    Claire Rogers
    I truly love the way Charles Martin writes. Once I start reading, I can't quit til the end. This is a great book.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 9, 2007
    Lori Hershey
    This review was written for The Dead Don't Dance.
    Insightful and thought provoking. Sometimes life does not happen the way we want it to...if you've ever experienced that or known anyone who has this book is for you.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    August 29, 2007
    Darlene
    A story of life, the joys, the hurts. The death of a first child and the young wife going into a coma leads Dylan to many questions.
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