I don't really know what to say about this book. You can see the plot summary on Goodreads so I won't get into it here. I was in awe. When the NBC started the monthly discussion of it, I wanted to read it but I was a little hesitant because something like this usually tends to bring the ugly cry--and I HATE crying. I'm emotional enough as it is. There aren't many words. What a provoking novel. I cannot imagine myself going through early on-set Alzheimer's disease and it scares the tar out of me! To be successful and have everything you need to not even having a clue who your children are. It's an awful thing to say, but I think death would be easier than looking into my three year old's eyes and not knowing who she is or how she got there.
I remember from the discussion how some people hated the husband in this. I have to say, I can see where he's coming from. Sometimes it's easier to walk away than to face the reality of the situation. It's not like their marriage was strong--it did seem like they were distant in life, so it was easy for him to want to run like hell. I wouldn't blame my husband for doing the same thing. I would hate someone to have to take care of me at such an early age. I would feel like he deserved better than that--especially since I may not remember him in the end. How awful to go through that.
The book was extremely well written. I loved the flow and the way the time line was laid out. She made Alice come alive in my heart and in my mind.