This is a novel that exposes the reality of a 50 year old woman diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. Author Lisa Genova deserves kudos for presenting a well-researched portrayal of the subject matter that, while heartbreaking, also shows humor and humanity in the life of “Alice” and her family.
I especially appreciated the author’s balanced approach to Alzheimer’s. It it helpful to understand the progression of the disease, that patients can have good days and bad days, and that underneath it all, that person – whether it be a good friend, a parent or a sibling, it still there.
Like many people, I found connections with the novel. My grandmother suffered from senile dementia in her old age. I recall, with humor, being very pregnant and asked at least twenty times in one sitting “when are you due?” I also remember certain family members insisting on quizzing her constantly, which really bothered me. After reading the book, I’m certain it bothered her as well.
4 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2007
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