Jeanette Gross, Maine:
September 11, 2014
I have been meaning to tell you how much I enjoyed reading your book. I loved the way you expressed so many things, such sensitivity. It is one thing to relate an interesting story but much better to have unique comparisons and similes. I hated for it to end, like losing good friends!
Nancy Weir Berlet, Teacher from Connecticut:
Andrea St. George Jones, Retired High School Teacher
Elizabeth Meade, Poetess from Maine
June 27, 2014
Pat Thornton, RN, Daughter and Caregiver, Georgia
We were not prepared for the emotional journey, Catherine Gentile's first novel would bring us. I say, we, because as caretakers of my wife's mom who lived with Alzheimer's for ten years, we know that when a family member is compromised by this all consuming illness, the entire family is affected by it.
The Quiet Roar of A Hummingbird captures the emotional struggle that we all felt. But, most importantly, it helps one to find that island of peace we all seek, by acknowledging that , the crumbling life of one who means so much to you, and whom you love with no uncertainty, can still bring out the very best in you and those around you.
This has to be a common thought each of us go through, when a loved one enters the halls of dementia... The excerpt below is from The Quiet Roar Of A Hummingbird, written by Catherine Gentile. This book stirs emotion on the subject of dementia whether you have a loved one going thought this or not, human suffering is transferable to each of our hearts. Wonderful book!
"Sukie isn't sick like the others. I tell myself that she's stronger than they are. That this isn't the beginning of losing the one person in this world who really loves me."
As the title clearly states, The Quiet Roar of a Hummingbird is poignant, yet strong as it addresses the devastating effects of both bullying and Alzheimer's. Catherine Gentile's debut novel is a wonderful teaching tool for any loved one who has encountered either of these issues. It is well written and a must read ! Kudos to Catherine Gentile !
M. Eberly, Connecticut:
In her debut novel, The Quiet Roar of a Hummingbird, Catherine Gentile does more than walk the talk on two major societal issues: bullying and coping with Alzheimer 's Disease. Throughout this intergenerational novel, readers will become acutely aware of the importance of becoming involved and advocating for anyone facing these devastating challenges. With ease Gentile uses her background knowledge and experience to climb into the minds of the victims, and helps the reader process the emotionality and pathos necessary to survive.
Through Hummingbird, an abused 17 year old, we learn how to face the daily life a loved one experiences once diagnosed with "the beast" only to discover that through them, we too can let go of our own demons and move forward. Regardless of whether Alzheimer 's Disease and bullying invade a part of your reality, you will want to read from cover to cover and see how the stage is set, and what your role must become in order to assist a loved one and other family members who struggle to hold onto a once treasured life.
From a literary perspective Gentile's exceptional writing provides a story offering twists and turns, brilliant imagery and powerful narration that will capture and hold your emotions forever. Her characters are real and their unifying purpose is not only to dramatize two vulnerable worlds, but to motivate us so that as members of a caring society we develop a deep compassion for others facing unsolicited and cruel dilemmas. As advocates we learn persistence pays, and that ultimately with time, we learn to enrich our souls. One can hope that with the release of Gentile's debut novel more will follow which will raise readers' awareness and sensitivities on other timely topics facing our society.
Hummingbird is an unforgettable young heroine, the only one who seems to understand her grandmother, who is entering the eternal twilight of Alzheimer's. She will break your heart and make you glad she did.
Cheryl McNaughtan, California:
One of the most poignant stories re: family dynamics, bullying and Alzheimer's. Ms. Gentile nailed it all... if you thought you knew all about the Alzheimers disease and the effects on those around the person who is living this terrible affliction, then perhaps you should read this book and read about how so many are treated by those in the industry who don't care. I loved "Hummingbird." She was bullied at school (she was upper class but made a few poor decisions to protect herself and it backfired). Then the new family dynamics come into play.
"Birdie," as Hummingbird was called by her emotionally distant attorney father, didn't pay much attention when she told him about the abuse her grandmother was going through at the facility she was placed. Hummingbird was working there, probation for her earlier school decisions. Her step-mother stepped in and then the story takes off more.
Please take the time to pass info about this book. I learned more than I thought I would and could not put the book down. Easy read, emotionally charged. Can't say enough about Ms. Gentile's writing style. Looking forward to more of her future literary endeavors.
Rich Rudnansky, California:
Reading The Quiet Roar of a Hummingbird brought back so many sights, sounds, experiences and emotions for me with respect to my Mom and her Alzheimer's. So many things that didn't make sense to me then or which I did not fully understand became clear. It is truly a remarkable book. I wish I had had Hummingbird's manifesto from the end of the book when I was going through this with my Mom. I laughed, cried, and reflected on the journey my Mom and I had with her dementia. I really think this would be a helpful book for those who have a loved one going through dementia/Alzheimer's. I loved your writing style and could not put the book down once I started it. Thanks for writing such an insightful and compassionate book.
Susan Hawley, Virginia:
I saw the article about The Quiet Roar of a Hummingbird on FB under the CGA66 webpage. I just finished reading it and have to say, I loved it. You have given such insight into this terrible disease and how to deal with friends and family that may be afflicted. I am fortunate to be able to say at this time that no family members are dealing with this at this time, however, I do have a good friend who is. I wish I had read your book sooner so as to be able to understand more about what she was going through. Sadly she is very far along at this point and basically uncommunicative.
The subject of bullying was also fascinating. I know this has become a huge problem everywhere and we all need to be so much more aware of our environment and who's in it. Having several school age grandchildren makes me very aware that this problem exists.
Again, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your book and am going to recommend it to my friends.
I just finished The Quiet Roar of a Hummingbird, and absolutely loved it! What a beautiful book. I was instantly drawn in and couldn't put it down until I finished it. Congratulations to you! You must feel so proud! I'm going to try to go to your book signing on the 15th and will, of course, bring my book for you to sign. :)
I devoured this emotionally charged book as I rallied behind Hummingbird in her crusade against relationship issues, bullying and the disease that is replacing the grandmother she once knew and loved with a stranger. Catherine writes with a purpose and intrigue that keeps the reader's interest right up until the end. This book reads as a story but is actually a must have guide for any family facing a long
term illness. Thank you for writing such a charming and thought provoking book all in one!"