From the descriptions of the country, the farm, Dylan Styles friends and his love for his wife. His journey from Hope and Expectation through Tradgedy and introspection, the spiritual and human reactions everything was well weaved into a tapestry that envelopes and entertains the reader in a real way. Charles Martin is truly a talented author.
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Experience Charles Martin's debut novel, a story of loss and undying love written in his signature emotive and heartrending style.
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 journey through the darkness of despair and into the light of hope.
- Full-length, emotive Southern fiction
- Sequel: Maggie
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The Dead Don't Dance
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Plot Summary: What hap...
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major Conflicts Dylan Styles was looking forward to the birth of his first child, to sharing time with him and his wife Maggie. But his son dies in childbirth and his wife loses a lot of blood and goes into a coma. The reader watches and feels with Dylan as he stumbles through the days after this horrific event, making it only with the help of his best friend Amos. Amos, the local deputy, finds Dylan passed out in his cornfield and tells him to wake up, get cleaned up, and down to the local Junior college for an interview. Dylan takes on a part-time job teaching at the college, where the students both challenge him and give him hope. Style Characteristics: Pacing, clarity, structure, narrative devices, etc. The story is slow paced and introspective, the main drama being whether or not the wife will survive, and whether or not Dylan will make it. We delve deep into his character, though not all at once, the author gives us glimpses and flashbacks into what is going on behind the scenes. In these we meet unforgettable characters, like Bryce MacGregor, an eccentric multi-millionaire who spends his time playing the bagpipes in the buff and watching old drive-in movies (Hey, it is South Carolina, after all). The spiritual struggles of the characters also make this story stand out, we see a lot more pain as Dylan learns from a teenager who is pregnant with the child of one of the men who kidnapped and raped her. There is also hope and joy as Dylan ultimately learns to dance in the midst of despair. How Good is it? An excellent read for those who want to slow down and taste the joys and sorrows of life through the characters.
I read this book for t...
I read this book for the first time back in 2010 or 2011 on a trip to Eureka Springs, Arkansas. And I could NOT put it down! I re-read it this weekend (September 2015) for the first time in several years and my feelings for this book have only grown stronger! In fact, I managed to get my mother to read it this week and she's now hooked!Dylan Styles loves his wife. Loves her from head to toe. When his wife, Maggie, slips into a coma after a nightmarish experience in the labor and delivery ward, his world has been turned over, shaken, and left hanging upside down. He feels lost without her. Doctors are anything but encouraging. How's a guy to keep living when his other half is lying helpless in a hospital bed?This is story that will make you laugh, cry, nod your head, and so much more. It's not your average story--it's better! If you love Nicolas Sparks, you will love Charles Martin. If you love to connect with characters, you will love this book.Clear your evening when you pick up this novel. You will not want to be disturbed. It's just that good!
The Dead Dont Dance b...
The Dead Don't Dance by Charles Martin; (5*) Not the best book I have read this year but very possibly my favorite read thus far. Not only did I care about our protagonist and his wife but all of the secondary characters were wonderfully written. From the deputy to the students to the hound dogs to the river......... All were wonderful reading. Martin has created a beautiful story. The characters are so believable and honest. Dylan Stiles is married to a wonderful woman named Maggie. When she shares the news of her pregnancy with Dylan, they are thrilled. But tragedy strikes. The baby dies at birth and the tremendous loss of blood causes Maggie to fall into a coma. While her life is hanging by a thread, Dylan takes a job teaching English to community college students whose futures are also hanging in the balance. The relativeness between students and teacher is really interesting to read. Dylan's passion for teaching is awakened during this time. But his passion for living is stymied for a time. Somehow he comes to balance his professional life with his personal life.
A Sleepy rural town in...
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 whith 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?
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