Still Alice has been one of my favorite books for years. When we read it for book club, the discussion was lively and smart. The book was amazing. I read it in about 3 days because I couldn’t stop. It’s a well-researched, fictional novel about a woman who gets Alzheimer’s in her mid 50s. It was just…everything. The writing fantastic, the characters perfect and the experience so real. It was frightening, loving, emotional, hopeful and hopeless all at the same time. I loved the length too, just right. It was a fairly clean read, but did have some language as Alice’s frustration began to be more and more intense. Highly recommended!
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Amazon.com book summary:
Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman’s sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer’s disease, written by first-time author Lisa Genova, who holds a Ph. D in neuroscience from Harvard University.
Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children and a house on the Cape, is a celebrated Harvard professor at the height of her career when she notices a forgetfulness creeping into her life. As confusion starts to cloud her thinking and her memory begins to fail her, she receives a devastating diagnosis: early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, Alice struggles to maintain her lifestyle and live in the moment, even as her sense of self is being stripped away. In turns heartbreaking, inspiring and terrifying, Still Alice captures in remarkable detail what’s it’s like to literally lose your mind…
Reminiscent of A Beautiful Mind, Ordinary People and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Still Alice packs a powerful emotional punch and marks the arrival of a strong new voice in fiction.