To Dance in the Rain
A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
To Dance in the Rain: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing is a memoir written by Clare Keating. Her daughter, Alicia, was an active and healthy junior in high school when she started having balance issues. An examination revealed a cyst in her brain, and she was scheduled for what should have been routine surgery. Complications set in, however, and Alicia had to undergo several emergency surgeries for bleeding and pressure in her brain, leaving her in a semi-comatose state with traumatic brain injuries. The author, a practicing nurse, stayed with her daughter nearly night and day, massaging her feet, decorating the hospital room with photographs and playing Alicia’s favorite shows. Keating found ways to communicate with her daughter, and Alicia’s journey to recovery began.The words Alicia’s surgeon spoke to her mother, “Huddle together and stay numb,” as the family tried to come to terms with the fact that Alicia had very little chance of surviving the emergency operations, resonated so strongly with me. Clare Keating’s memoir, To Dance in the Rain: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing is an impressive and compelling account of the author’s love and dedication and her daughter’s strength and resilience as the two work together to give Alicia her life back. There’s always the acceptance that their lives have been altered, but also the belief that, despite the doctors’ grim prognoses, Alicia could recover and lead a full and satisfying life. To Dance in the Rain is beautifully written and reads so smoothly. I felt inspired learning how these two women and the community that came together to help them overcame the odds, and it’s not a story I’ll be forgetting anytime soon. To Dance in the Rain: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing is highly recommended.
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