This is the first she sees in a recurring pattern of forgetfulness of names, words, and ideas. It forces her to seek medical attention, since she is fifty and thinks this is most likely associated with menopause. After a series of appointments and tests, she finds her thinking was incorrect when she is diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimers.
The book then begins to travel the path of both Alice's and her family's struggles with the disease.
It impacts each of them differently and the family dynamics are forever changed.
It is interesting to see how a very intelligent woman develops coping skills as she struggles first to delay the progress of the disease and secondly to maintain control over her life as it becomes harder and harder to do.
Since Alzheimers impacts so many families I really do think this is well worth reading, just to see how a patient feels and the emotionally charged battle daily living becomes. Other than reading it for the Alzheimers insight it is just a dang fine book. Well written and descriptive, it never gets bogged down with excess details. (Ever counted Pat Conroy's adjectives when describing a river?)*
If you have time to spare pick it up, but don't blame me if you are still reading in the wee hours of the morning.
* I think Pat Conroy is a fantastic writer, especially The Great Santini.)