Thursday, March 12, 2009
I just finished reading this gem of a novel after months of avoiding it. Since my mother is currently suffering from dementia and speech loss due to strokes, I didn't know whether a book narrated by an early onset Alzheimer's patient would be too close for comfort. Genova draws on her own expertise as a Harvard educated neuroscientist to render an authentic view of the world from inside the mind of one slowly slipping into the darkness of dementia. I did not weep as I supposed I would, but rather appreciated Genova's frank portrait of struggle so many people are dealing with as parents and loved ones live with this disease.