Elaine Pereira describes dementia as being “devious, indiscriminate, and ruthless, invading the mind and distorting fiction into one’s reality.”
Her story of her mother’s gradual mental deterioration caused by this condition is written plainly but emotionally. It is easy to understand the medical aspects of the illness but the author’s use of language is eloquent.
The format of her story gives clearly describes of a wonderful lady, loving mother and fun loving person with comparisons of how the disease gradually diminished, not only her abilities, but also the traits Elaine recalls that made her delightful lady.
Throughout the story she also describes how her mother and she dealt with the loss of Elaine’s two brothers, sister in law and father’s debilitating stroke.
It is not just a story of dealing with and understanding dementia. It is a heart moving story of a family’s love for and commitment to each other. I highly recommend it as informative and moving reading.
It is extremely deserving of the two book awards to-date.
I should add that the author is also donating a percentage of the book sales to help fund Alzheimer’s research and support programs.
My rating 5*