By Lisa Genova
(Pocket Books, Paperback, 9781439102817, 293pp.)
Publication Date: January 6, 2009
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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 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.
- When Alice becomes disoriented in Harvard Square, a place she's visited daily for twenty-five years, why doesn't she tell John? Is she too afraid to face a possible illness, worried about his possible reaction, or some other reason?