2018 NAACP Image Award Nominee
An NPR Best Book of 2017
From acclaimed author Marita Golden comes a moving African-American family drama of love and devotion in the face of Alzheimer’s disease.
You just can’t plan for this kind of thing.
Diane Tate certainly hasn’t. She never expected to slowly lose her talented husband to the debilitating effects of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease. As a respected family court judge, she’s spent her life making tough calls, but when her sixty-eight-year-old husband’s health worsens and Diane is forced to move him into an assisted living facility, it seems her world is spinning out of control.
As Gregory’s memory wavers and fades, Diane and her children must reexamine their connection to the man he once was—and learn to love the man he has become. For Diane’ daughter Lauren, it means honoring her father by following in his footsteps as a successful architect. For her son Sean, it means finding a way to repair the strained relationship with his father before it’s too late. Supporting her children in a changing landscape, Diane remains resolute in her goal to keep her family together—until her husband finds love with another resident of the facility. Suddenly faced with an uncertain future, Diane must choose a new path—and discover her own capacity for love.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Marita Golden’s moving novel cuts to the core of what families coping with Alzheimer’s go through. When Diane first met her husband, Gregory, he was a handsome, charming architect; she could have never imagined that one day she’d be putting him into an assisted-living facility with early onset Alzheimer’s. As Gregory is taken from them little by little, Diane and her children are forced come to terms with the reality of their new life and a potent mix of emotions: fear, shame, regret, and unconditional love. Golden writes with startling intimacy about a disease that’s tragically widespread but rarely discussed.