Along for a journey no one wants to take
Such was the case with "Still Alice" (ISBN 9781439102817) by Lisa Genova.
Alice is a 50-year-old Harvard professor who is diagnosed with Alzheimer's.
How the disease affects her relationships with her colleagues, her husband, her children, and even herself, proved fascinating.
The reader is drawn on Alice's journey, all the while wondering, what would I do? how would my spouse react?
Genova also offers food for thought on how we as a society treat those with dementia.
"She wished she had cancer instead. ... And while a bald head and a looped ribbon were seen as badges of courage and hope, her reluctant vocabulary and vanishing memories advertised mental instability and impending insanity. Those with cancer could expect to be supported by their community. Alice expected to be outcast."
Alice will stick with you, and may make you more aware of the horror of dementia.
- Tricia Ambrose
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