A gorgeous husband, two beautiful children, a job she loves—Claire’s got it all. And then some. But lately, her mother hovers more than a helicopter, her husband Greg seems like a stranger, and her kids are like characters in a movie. Three-year-old Esther’s growing up in the blink of an eye, and twenty-year-old Caitlin, with her jet-black hair and clothes to match, looks like she’s about to join a punk band—and seems to be hiding something. Most concerning, however, is the fact that Claire is losing her memory, including that of the day she met Greg.
When Claire meets a handsome stranger on a rainy day, she starts to wonder if Greg still belongs in her life. She knows she should love him, but she can’t always remember why. When Greg gives her a blank book, Claire fills its pages with private memories and keepsakes, jotting down beginnings and endings and everything in between. The book becomes the story of Claire—her passions, her sorrows, her joys, her adventures in a life that refuses to surrender to a fate worse than dying: disappearing.
Kindle Edition, 352 pagesExpected publication: March 31st 2015 by Ballantine Books
Genre: Womens Fiction
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This book tells the story of one woman with early onset Alzheimer's. Although a very serious and sad subject, Coleman attacks the story to include quite a bit of humour. There were some laugh out loud moments which helped to balance out the obviously depressing parts of it. Each chapter of the book is an entry into Claire's memory book written by herself or one of her family members. It helps to paint a beautiful picture of a happy family that is torn apart by a dreadful disease.
I don't know a lot about Alzheimer's and I hope I never have to so I can't speak as to how accurate the depiction is in this book. I can say that it takes you through a roller coaster of emotions and will probably cause a few tears. It shows the strength of love in one family and the struggle they go through to adapt and cope with the woman they love changing before their eyes.
The story is easy to read, the characters are easy to like and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. This is the first book by Rowan Coleman for me but it won't be my last.
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