Review: Still Alice


Still Alice is the first novel for Lisa Genova. Lisa has her PhD in Neuroscience from Harvard, writes a column for the National Alzheimer’s Association and lives in Massachusetts’s with her family.

This book is a haunting journey into a boomers' worst medical nightmare. Alice is a wife, mother, a brilliant Harvard professor and has been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's at the age of 50. The dynamics of each of her relationships with her husband, children, and students is grippingly realistic.
Genova has captured the Alzheimer's victim from the inside out in her story 'Still Alice' and in such a way the reader finds themselves as part of Alice's story.

I have no experience with Alzheimer’s and as I read this novel I kept saying to my husband – “this is an awful disease” or “I hope we never receive a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s”. At one point in the book Alice says she would rather have Cancer since there is a treatment plan and the patient has some control. Genova’s character development of Alice is very so deep and well written, you feel like you are listening to Alice tell her story.

Without sharing too much of the storyline – I encourage everyone to read this book. A moving story of what some of us will have to deal with in the years to come.

Type: Fiction, 320 pages, Trade paperback

Synopsis:

Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she’s a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis changes her life – and her relationship with her family and the world – forever.

At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

Winner of the 2008 Bronte Prize
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Reviews:
“After I read Still Alice, I wanted to stand up and tell a train full of strangers ‘You have to get this book.’” – Beverly Beckham, The BostonGlobe

“A masterpiece that will touch lived in ways none of us can even imagine. This book is the best portrayal of the Alzheimer’s journey that I have read.” – Mark Warner, Alzheimer’s Daily News

2 comments

  1. This book was captivating and insightful - it provided a different perspective of the disease since the main character was the one that had the disease.

    Although it was a hard story to read at times, because of the subject matter, it is definitely worth taking the time.

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  2. I agree with Jill - this book provided great insight and perspecitve to such a debilitating and heartbreaking disease. I love how the author combines her background in neuroscience into a novel. Great read!

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