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.
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.