Alzheimer’s disease is defined as a form of dementia that can cause issues with a person’s thinking, memory and actions, and is irreversible.

In Lisa Genova’s novel Still Alice, fifty-year-old Alice Howland, a linguistics professor at Harvard University, discovers that she has early onset Alzheimer’s disease. Her diagnosis quickly begins to affects the lives of her, her husband John, and their three adult children. Set over a course of two years, the story follows the family’s experiences, their attemps to live normally and deal with Alice’s deteriorating condition.

Although the protagonist is twice my age, I found Alice’s voice to be very authentic. The story is written in third person format, but follows Alice’s thoughts and actions as she navigates her disease. Throughout the story, there is a gradual change in her voice as the disease begins to affect her thought process and how she notices details of her life. Genova, with her neuroscience background, did a good job of explaining the science part of Alzheimer’s.

I admit that I did watch a few clips of the 2014 movie adaptation before reading the book, but I liked being able to picture actors Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin as the characters of Alice and John and their interactions.

The best aspect of this novel is that it portrays a real-life disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a real condition that affects over 5 million Americans, according to alz.org. I definitely recommend this book.

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