When Alice finds herself in the rapidly downward spiral of Alzheimer's Disease she is just fifty years old.
A university professor, wife, and mother of three, she still has so much more to do - books to write, places to see, grandchildren to meet.
But when she can't remember how to make her famous Christmas pudding, when she gets lost in her own back yard, when she fails to recognise her actress daughter after a superb performance, she comes up with a desperate plan.
But can she see it through? Should she see it through? Losing her yesterdays, living for each day, her short-term memory is hanging on by a couple of frayed threads.
But she is still Alice.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Publication Date: 16/08/2012
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781849838429
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Review by pollgott
Lisa Genova, the author of “Still Alice,” has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and works as a columnist for the National Alzheimer’s Association. Her novel tells the story of a 50-year-old Harvard psychology professor, with a happy marriage and three grown, successful children, who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease and over the course of two years experiences serious cognitive decline. Genova made the bold decision to tell the story from Alice perspective, and while the novel is not entirely successful—in places the writing is more clinical than literary, and there are certainly moments of melodrama—overall, it’s a moving and very sad book.
Review by tina1969
When I was given this book for book group I really didn't want to read it. The reason being is that my grandad had Alzhemiser disease and it was quite tough and very sad. However I thought I would give the book ago and before I knew it, in one sitting I had read two hundred pages. The book I found quite compelling and I could quite easily relate to a lot of what Alice was going through. Alice herself was such a nice character I couldn't help feeling for her and really wanted to know what was going to happen.I did find the book very sad at times but also quite positive. I did feel that the book slipped into a lot of medical jargon at times. I also would have liked to have felt a little more feeling coming from the characters.I really don't know what I was expecting at the end but I read the last page and didn't realise that it was. I turned the page and the story had gone. I feel I was that engrossed with Alice that I was expecting more, and to see how she was getting on. The way it did end I suppose was the best way as in reality Alice wasnt going to get any better.Overall a very compelling but sad at times read.
Review by lisa.isselee
really touching story and wonderful read ! <br/>loved every bit of it.<br/>