Still Alice is a remarkable love story not only between a man and woman, but also between a mother and her children.
Dr. Alice Howland, a Harvard professor of psychology, develops early-onset Alzheimer’s disease while she is at the pinnacle of her career. Slowly Alice watches her mind unravel and she loses lifelong connections with her colleagues, family, and friends.
This book is unique because Alice tells her own story from the perspective of an Alzheimer’s patient.
Lisa Genova, the author of Still Alice, holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from Harvard University. Her mastery of the science of Alzheimer’s provides a realistic picture of the disease and the rampage it leaves in its’ wake. Lisa’s compassion shows us the inner turmoil caused by Alzheimer’s and the heartache of family as they watch Alice slowly fade like distant music blowing away on a breeze. Lisa Genova writes her heart within the words of each page.
My heart broke as I read Still Alice – its’ pages were christened with my tears. I now have a better understanding of the disease and a better understanding of my grandmother. Still Alice is a story that must be told and a story we must hear.
Lisa Genova is not only a doctor of neuroscience and a novelist, but she’s an amazingly kind person. Her own grandmother’s life was stripped naked by this harrowing disease. She is a woman of great success and yet she took a moment to read my small tribute to my grandmother.
You won’t regret reading this book.