by Stefan Merrill Block
Early-onset Alzheimer’s is relatively rare, and generally strikes between the ages of 30 and 60.This is a drily funny account of the condition – how it spread, and its impact over several generations as the genetic time-bomb ticked through illicit love affairs.
It’s told through the lives of Abel Haggard, the last outpost of a rural community holding out against suburban creep, and his unknowing relationship with a teenage boy, Seth Waller, who lives in a another part of the country, and who he has never met. Seth’s mother is increasingly eccentric, and when she’s diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimers, Seth sets out to find out everything he can about the disease. But everything he finds just adds to the heartbreak until eventually a kind of circle is complete.
If Alzheimer's exists in your family, you really want to read this.
(Review by Heather Parker)
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