The Things We Keep

The Things We Keep

Book - 2016
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Rosalind House might not be the first place you'd expect to find new love and renewal, but within the walls of this assisted living facility two women have their lives changed forever. Anna Forster, in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease at only thirty-eight years of age, knows that her twin, Jack, has chosen Rosalind House because another young resident, Luke, lives there. As if, Anna muses, a little companionship will soften the unfairness of her fate. Eve Bennett also comes to Rosalind house reluctantly. Once a pampered, wealthy wife, she is now cooking and cleaning to make ends meet. Both women are facing futures they didn't expect. With only unreliable memories to guide them, they have no choice but to lean on and trust something more powerful. Something closer to the heart.
Publisher: Sydney :, Pan Macmillan,, 2016.
ISBN: 9781743535752
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 345 pages ;,24 cm.

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wendybradley
Sep 20, 2017

Quite by accident, I picked up two books on early onset Alzheimers. Because of a bad neck I tend to pick at random some days, so perhaps the gods are trying to tell me something.

I now know more than I might want to about this horrid disease. 'Still Alice', to me was a far better book. Still, if you want to know how it is to live with deterioration of the mind then this will help you learn.

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Kmum1
May 26, 2017

Having read "Still Alice" I did wonder how this book would compare. This book is very different. The main character Anna is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's in her thirties. She decides that she will relocate to a nursing home where there happens to also be another patient with early onset Alzheimer's with whom she strikes up a friendship with. The other storyline involves the nursing home's cook. While the book does discuss Alzheimer's and some of it's symptoms I found the nature of the book less serious than "Still Alice" and the ending much more optimistic. It made me feel that sometimes there really is a light at the end of the tunnel.

LoganLib_Dove Dec 12, 2016

This book is captivating and will leave a mark on your soul. It is enchanting and magnificent. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to read a story that they will never want to let go. Florrie, the main character is honest and witty, and the story is made by her strength of character and perseverance to be true to herself and her life.

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fadzie
Jun 13, 2016

This book is bitter sweet, telling the story of 38 year-old Anna who has early onset dementia, and how rapidly the disease takes hold. And yet it's also a love story, two love stories in fact, and the effect is beautiful and uplifting.

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pktab
May 04, 2016

I loved this book. Like "Still Alice", it is haunting. Like "Still Alice", the subject is Alzheimer's but with a totally different twist. Thoroughly enjoyable, page-turning story!

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muffinpopcorn
Apr 25, 2016

Excellent story ! Can tell it was well researched on Alzheimer's
and it's effects . A very touching and insightful story and covers a variety of characters and their emotions , thoughts and feelings . Makes one think of how the person with Alzheimer's could possibly be feeling and coping , along with the caregivers and family members . Loved this book and would highly recommend it . One of those stories you hated to see end but also couldn't wait to see what happens .

ehbooklover Apr 19, 2016

An emotional, heartfelt, and uplifting read about love, loss, and dementia that is told from the point of view of three different characters (all of whom I loved). I have personally witnessed some of the horrifying symptoms of dementia, and this book actually helped me to understand how my loved ones might have felt as their symptoms got progressively worse. An obviously well-researched book that I finished in just 24 hours.

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jfd5
Mar 30, 2016

Though it is a sad, scary subject for most of us, this book did a wonderful job at capturing many emotions from many angles. A "nice story" despite the subject.

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