She didn't want to become someone people avoided and feared. She wanted to live to hold Anna's baby and know it was her grandchild. She wanted to see Lydia act in something she was proud of. She wanted to see Tom fall in love. She wanted to read every book she could before she could no longer read.
Alice Howland is proud of the life she has worked so hard to build. A Harvard professor, she has a successful husband and three grown children. When Alice begins to grow forgetful at first she just dismisses it, but when she gets lost in her own neighborhood she realizes that something is terribly wrong. Alice finds herself in the rapid downward spiral of Alzheimer's disease. She is only 50 years old.
While Alice once placed her worth and identity in her celebrated and respected academic life, now she must re-evaluate her relationship with her husband, her expectations of her children and her ideas about herself and her place in the world.
Losing her yesterdays, her short-term memory hanging on by a couple of frayed threads, she is living in the moment, living for each day. But she is still Alice.
This book literally brought me to tears. Lisa Genova did her research well and it shows in this tender yet heartbreaking story. I could relate to Alice's character, especially since my mother is in the early stages of Alzheimer's. A lot of the same things Alice said, my mother has said. This story touched me so deeply that I will never forget it. It was on my wish list for over a year, and it was well worth the wait.
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Gallery; Original edition (January 6, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439102813
- ISBN-13: 978-1439102817