I didn’t want to read Lisa Genova’s new book, Still Alice. I thought maybe the story would be predictable. I thought it might be boring, and I knew it would be depressing. But I promised Lisa I would review it.
I opened the book with the idea of skimming it. I wouldn’t get too involved – I’d read just enough to write something up.
An hour and a half later, I finished Still Alice, having read every word. Yes, it’s about Alzheimer’s and a woman’s decline into a terrible fog. But it’s also an ironic look at complicated family relationships, our hopes for future generations and the essence of life.
At the beginning of the book, Alice is exactly my age, smart and driven. One of the ironies is that as her dementia progresses, she becomes kinder and somehow wiser, the way we all hope to be.
Whether or not you or someone in your family has dementia, Still Alice is a great read.