This is a book about Alzheimer’s. It is a book with serious overtones. It is a must read for anyone who has Alzheimer’s running in the family. It is a poignant book, one that is filled with sadness, but the author still has a way of turning a really heavy topic into something comical.
There is nothing funny about Alzheimer’s. However, the format of the book ensures that the reader will not feel too overburdened by the topic of the book.
This book is a graphic memoir. It is about one person’s journey through Alzheimer’s with her mother. It is difficult to imagine how hard it would be to see your mother suffering from Alzheimer’s at the early age of 52. But it does happen, and if there is a family history of the disease, it can strike at any age.
During her mother’s illness, she started using some of her notes to write stories and essays about what was happening. She always wanted to write a book about what was happening.
Alzheimer’s is a cruel and relentless disease that tears families apart. But her mother never stopped loving her family even though she lost her ability to form sentences, and stopped saying our names.
Sarah wrote this book so that she could remember her mother as she was during her illness, the ways in which she was transformed and the ways in which parts of her endured. As her mother changed, she changed too. She was forced to reconsider her own identity as a daughter and as an adult and to recreate her relationship with her mother.
This is a story with poignant honesty and beauty. It is a book that will help people who are living with people Alzheimer’s by giving them the knowledge of what to expect when this heinous disease shows its face.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth