Great Reading and Great Reads Review of Immortal Bird
Tonight I did a private reading to celebrate the paperback launch of Immortal Bird at the home of a colleague. There is nothing like the intimate atmosphere of a private living room with friends and colleagues gathered around. I could feel the audience’s strong empathy and they also asked excellent questions. And of course I never tire of speaking about Damon and reading from his blogs.
Earlier in the day my publisher forwarded a wonderful review of Immortal Bird from the Great Reads section of Shelf Awareness, the book industry newsletter. Under New in Paper: February, the tag line reads:
Discover: The compelling narrative of a father’s quest to save his son; a memoir of family grace; and a profile of a teenager whose wit and stoicism transcend his illness.
Holloway McCandless, a blogger at Litagogo: A Guide to Free Literary Podcasts, concludes her review this way:
“Immortal Bird’s momentum and the author’s prose style peak in the last third of the memoir, as the Webers end up battling an overstretched hospital and a villainously cavalier doctor. In the dramatic and unforgettable debacle that ensues, Damon and his parents achieve moments of devastating grace. By writing Immortal Bird, Weber has transformed his family’s experience of medical strife into a work of art that teaches us how to advocate, how to love and how to transcend the unthinkable.”