Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The Thing We Keep by Sally Hepworth ~ Book Review
This story is very different from the well known "Still Alice" by Lisa Genova but in it's own way is also a very insightful and touching look into early onset Alzheimer's. While those of us who have never lived through a loved one diagnosed with this horrible disease and will never really know exactly what the heartbreak is like, this story gave us another layer of it that Still Alice started. It takes a peek into life inside an assisted living facility and explores the emotional bonds that young sufferers might face and how they and their families and caretakers cope. It also explores the implications, pros and cons of decisions made by facilities and family and the loss of control of one's own life. It's a bittersweet love story that is eye-opening and made me think what I would have done in both the family's and the cook's viewpoint.
I gave it an 8.5/10