January 9, 2023
This is the story of 6-year-old Gracie and her grandfather, who has dementia. Gracie is a very bright and precocious little girl. her grandfather has dementia. Gracie’s mother has explained Sundowners Syndrome to Gracie, where confusion and violence get worse during the evening. Gracie’s solution is to go on an adventure with her grandfather and follow the sun. She thinks that as long as they stay in the sunshine, her grandfather will be ok.
The story is told from Gracie’s point of view and that of her mother and father. We follow Gracie on the “adventure” and experience the search with her separated parents when they realize that she is missing
It’s an interesting but sad story.
Besides the story about the adventure it’s also a family tale. Lots of back story during the narration of the mother and father. There is longstanding dysfunction in the family. Though they mean well, both mother and father could use some life skill lessons.
The grandfather is a very interesting character but his whole life story is based on “tall tales”.
The characters of Mom and Dad are hard to like. But that’s what makes the story evolve.
Gracie is a sweetheart, sometimes a little too smart for her age. She is also very intuitive.
The ending is satisfactory.
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the Advance Readers Copy.