Renewal, a review by Di

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Joseph Falank

BHC Press
Sept 13, 2022
262 pages

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The estranged son returns home after 3 years to help his brother deal with their father who was suffering from Alzheimer’s. The time had come that the safest place for their father would be an assisted living facility.

I was drawn to this book because of my personal experience with Alzheimer’s/dementia, involving my mother. I could identify with many of the things that were happening.

It’s a hard book to read even if the reader has not had any personal experience with this debilitating disease.

It was a well-written account, albeit, a bit wordy at times. The two brothers were strong characters, each showing love for their father. The father was in and out of “normal” behaviour. My heart went out to all three of them.

While the story was not exactly about a typical Alzheimer’s case, I don’t think there is a “Typical” case. Each person, each case, is individual. And each case is sad and traumatic for the family members.

The story evoked a lot of empathy and compassion for the situation. I feel that the author did an excellent job portraying the situation. And, there might have been a tear or two towards the end.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with an Advance Readers Copy.

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