Alice is a well respected Harvard professor and mother of three intelligent, talented children. She is happily married and lives an active, healthy lifestyle as a runner. The memory loss is unexpected and terrifying. An intelligent woman, Alice’s very identify and self-worth are intimately tied to her ability to function at a high level as an instructor, researcher, and nationally recognized presenter. Alzheimer’s doesn’t care.
I honestly couldn’t but this book down. Still Alice was very engaging and I found myself immersed in the story almost immediately. I found myself falling in love with all the characters, especially Alice. This is one of the most emotional reads I have encountered in a long time. The story is just so sad and terrifying, because the story is very accurately depicting a very real disease. Without question, I will be reading more by Lisa Genova.
MNO Book Club Verdict:
This one of the best books on the calendar for 2014. We didn’t think we were going to top Defending Jacob, but this book really had us talking. This is a fabulous book for spurring conversation! Discussion questions and an interview with the author were included with the eBook version of this book purchased from Amazon.
From the Publisher:
Alice Howland—Harvard professor, gifted researcher, and lecturer, wife, and mother of three grown children—sets out for a run and soon realizes she has no idea how to find her way home. She has taken the route for years, but nothing looks familiar. She is utterly lost. Medical consults reveal early-onset Alzheimer’s.
Alice slowly but inevitably loses memory and connection with reality, as told from her perspective. She gradually loses the ability to follow a conversational thread, the story line of a book, or to recall information she heard just moments before. Genova’s debut shows the disease progression through the reactions of others, as Alice does, so readers feel what she feels: a slowly building terror.