Here’s another one of my favourite books and some recent reviews for it:

Time to Let Go is a contemporary family drama set in Britain.

Following a traumatic incident at work Stewardess Hanna Korhonen decides to take time off work and leaves her home in London to spend quality time with her elderly parents in rural England. There she finds that neither can she run away from her problems, nor does her family provide the easy getaway place that she has hoped for. Her mother suffers from Alzheimers’ disease and, while being confronted with the consequences of her issues at work, she and her entire family are forced to reassess their lives.

The book takes a close look at family dynamics and at human nature in a time of a crisis. Their challenges, individual and shared, take the Korhonens on a journey of self-discovery and redemption.

Voted No. 12 in http://www.readfree.ly/50-best-indie-books-2014/

This takes place in England and the style of writing seems to reflect that in some of its writing style and a serious tone/ perspective on a family dealing with Alzheimer’s. Hanna returns home and has opposing ideas how to deal with her Mother’s decline. She prefers distraction and varied experiences vs. Dad who is very much into protective mode and daily routine. Each member chooses how they wish to deal with the reality of the disease, none of which change the decline of Biddy, the wife/mother. The toll of everyone ‘s health and mental well being becomes a heavy burden and responsibility.

Lately, I’ve been reading several novels dealing with Alzheimer’s to help with my friend’s family who is dealing with this. It is devastating and affects everyone in the family differently. It has been researched and the insight to be gained by reading these novels is a learning experience for anyone, whether or not touched by Alzheimer’s.

You people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so. Shelley MA

 

Elisabeth

 

Yes the book made me think a lot. Family life has somehow to go on although one of the loved ones might be stricken by Alzheimer’s or Dementia. How to cope with a situation such as this one? Who has the better ideas? The person closest to them or family members, living further afield and having their own problems to deal with. Only to realise that yes, all good suggestions are well intended. I highly recommend this book. Here is a family coping with an illness desperate to find a way. Christoph Fisher manages to tell their story with compassion but also intrigue which makes the Condition and ‘normal’ family life, run side by side.