Still Alice by Lisa Genova. Recommended by Nic (Archives and Reader Development Team).
“This fabulously moving and memorable book examines the life of Alice – a Harvard professor – and her experience of early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The novel is written in the first person so the reader observes Alice’s gradually worsening symptoms as she herself becomes aware of them; whilst also witnessing some changes that she is unaware of such as repetition of conversations, forgotten introductions and loss of purpose. As the story progresses everyday cues – day, date and location – are lost for Alice and the reader alike. The reactions of her family and friends, also seen through Alice’s eyes, give us further insight into how the disease diminishes her status within those relationships. Amongst all this heartache though there is hope, humour, patience, love and care. This is a book that has changed and challenged all of my preconceived ideas of what it is like to have Alzheimer’s or to be part of a family coping with its effects.” Nic.