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Charles Martin

Maggie: The Sequel to the Dead Don't Dance (Paperback)

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Publishers Weekly,Fans of Martin's Christy-nominated debut novel, The Dead Don't Dance (2004), will be delighted to see this somewhat uneven sequel in which Martin picks up the story of Dylan Styles, a farmer and junior college instructor. His long vigil at his comatose wife Maggie's bedside following the stillbirth of their son has ended with her awakening. Now, life in Digger, S.C., is beginning to return to normal or so it seems. Together, Dylan and Maggie try to rebuild a life interrupted, grieve the loss of their son and ponder trying for another baby. But as the couple pick up the pieces of their relationship, tragedies perhaps an overabundance of them are just around the corner. "What makes the broken whole?" Dylan wonders. "How does deep-down pain, interwoven like sinew, come untangled?" Martin's plot twists, including one involving Pastor John's past that comes back to haunt him and the people he cares for, may seem like a distraction from the stronger theme of Maggie and Dylan's own struggles in taking their marriage forward. One of Martin's many strengths is in his rich portrayals of people, but he has a penchant for overusing similes, and his often beautiful writing sometimes needs to be tightened. The ending laudably offers hope and redemption without too-neat resolution. (Sept. 12) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved,Publishers Weekly,Publishers Weekly,Fans of Martin's Christy-nominated debut novel, The Dead Don't Dance (2004), will be delighted to see this somewhat uneven sequel in which Martin picks up the story of Dylan Styles, a farmer and junior college instructor. His long vigil at his comatose wife Maggie's bedside following the stillbirth of their son has ended with her awakening. Now, life in Digger, S.C., is beginning to return to normal or so it seems. Together, Dylan and Maggie try to rebuild a life interrupted, grieve the loss of their son and ponder trying for another baby. But as the couple pick up the pieces of their relationship, tragedies perhaps an overabundance of them are just around the corner. "What makes the broken whole?" Dylan wonders. "How does deep-down pain, interwoven like sinew, come untangled?" Martin's plot twists, including one involving Pastor John's past that comes back to haunt him and the people he cares for, may seem like a distraction from the stronger theme of Maggie and Dylan's own struggles in taking their marriage forward. One of Martin's many strengths is in his rich portrayals of people, but he has a penchant for overusing similes, and his often beautiful writing sometimes needs to be tightened. The ending laudably offers hope and redemption without too-neat resolution. (Sept. 12) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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Language
English
Publisher
Zondervan
Book Format
Paperback
Original Languages
English
Number of Pages
311
Author
Charles Martin
Title
Maggie: The Sequel to the Dead Don't Dance
ISBN-13
9781595540553
Height
2.235
Publication Date
September, 2006
Assembled Product Dimensions (L x W x H)
9.00 x 6.00 x 1.50 Inches
ISBN-10
1595540555

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Great book about love ...

Great book about love and hope. A little different from TDDD, in there was a lot more action to hold this story together. Excellent book, excellent writing.

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I read this because it...

I read this because it was the sequel to The Dead Don't Dance. I had to find out what happened to Maggie. I didn't like it as much as the the first book, but I read it to the end. Charles Martin is a gifted author who writes stories filled with hope, and yet doesn't always tie things up neatly in the end. I will continue to read his books.

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The continuation of T...

The continuation of "The dead don't dance", this book focuses on what happens after Maggie comes out of her coma. This is about two people very committed to each other in their marriage even though they are going through some significant struggles. This is also about the community of friends who support them. My favourite quote: `Just because something is broken doesn`t mean it`s no good. Doesn`t mean you throw it away. It just means it`s broken and broken is okay. I wanted to tell her that broken is still beautiful, still works, still wakes me in the morning, and at the end of every day past and those to come, I can love broken.``

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Sequel to The Dead Do...

"Sequel to The Dead Don't Dance - Could not put it down! Charles is one of my favorite authors - a master craftsman very similar to Nicholas Sparks - engaging story about healing and the triumph of love. A gifted writer and insightful...I look forward to reading more of his work! "

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I didnt really enjoy ...

I didn't really enjoy this book very much. There is Maggie who loses a baby and goes into a coma and has more bad luck down the road. Dylan is the loving husband, also grieving. THey try to adopt but get nowhere. There are burned down houses, tatooed bad guys and Bryce, the ubelieveable rich nut case who lives on many acres and suffers from some horrors in viet nam.

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