Still Alice by Lisa Genova
general fiction
292 pages

***Recommended Reading***
***Recommended Book Club Selection***

Initial Review:
After reading countless five-star reviews from my book group friends, I knew it was time to pick this one up to read at the local library.

I devoured this book in one sitting, tears streaming down my face, as I read about Alice Howland experiencing her life changing due to Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease. Once a brilliant professor at Harvard, Alice is faced with the realization that everything she knew is spiraling away from her and she cannot do anything to prevent her brain, once capable and revered by others, from deteriorating because of this horrible illness. Reading the scenes with her husband, torn between love for his wife and terror for what will be her future, were so unbelievably heartbreaking I found myself reaching for my pajama sleeve more than once. (I didn't even want to get up to get tissue!)

The writing in this book is near-perfect, and Genova's words will stay with you long after you turn the last page. Alice Howland is a character who will remain in my literary memory bank probably forever.

My Posting in My Book Group Thread:

As I mentioned in another thread, I tore through Still Alice in one sitting this week. The topic of Alzheimer's Disease is something too many of us can relate to (even if not in our immediate circle) and I think everyone can agree it is a truly horrible and heartbreaking illness. Early Onset Alzheimer's, which can appear in your 40s, takes that horror to another level because these patients are healthy in other ways which causes them to live with the illness for much longer.

I cried my eyes out throughout most of the book. Tears just streamed down my face as I turned pages and became more intense with certain scenes. Don't let this deter you from reading, though. This is undoubtedly one of the best books I have ever read and the writing is almost perfect in how Genova weaves the character of Alice. She takes you right into Alice's brain and its deterioration. Wow.



Wed, 12 Oct 2011 06:52:51

Definitely one of the greatest books I've ever read.


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