I'm not sure how long this novel sat on my shelf. Four or five months at least. I started it once and put it down...not because it wasn't good, but because I knew that I was going to experience a journey.
Finally, I picked it up and fell into the story of a medical tragedy and the complex and changing life of a woman with early onset Alzheimer's Disease.
I work in an internal medicine clinic. We see patients who succumb to the process of dementia in all of its forms. It's a lot like watching a flower slowly wither and close into itself. Still Alice is poignant and as true to life as I can imagine and in my limited experiences.
Our visit into Alice's life begins with her vibrant life and right before her 50th birthday. She is on top of her game and is a respected professor/speaker at Harvard, in the areas of linguistics and psychology. At first, little things concern her, a lost word, confusion while doing something common. As her disease progresses readers watch Alice's mind change while she continued to fight to remain as she was.
This is not a light read. But it's an important novel and the story of Alice is one that is tragic, beautiful, poignant and honest. The wordsmithing skills of Lisa Genova make the book a pleasure to read as well.
Alice Howland doesn’t have just an ordinary mind. She is a married mother of three adult children, and a Harvard professor who never stops learning, reading, or sharing her knowledge with others. She eats, breathes and sleeps academia. This story of her decline into early on-set Alzheimer’s is akin to watching an athlete lose a limb or a bicycle lose its wheel. It is simply impossible to imagine. Ironically, the mind that Dr. Howland has worked so hard … more
STILL ALICE is a story that will resonate with anyone whose family has been touched by Alzheimer's. Author Lisa Genova's debut novel tells the heart-breaking story of Alice Howland, a Harvard psychology professor coming up to her fiftieth birthday and beginning to experience forgetfulness and disorientation. Alice has a busy active life, traveling to conferences, running for her health, negotiating with her grown children over their career choices, engaging in a full social life with her professor … more