The Long Hello - The Other Side of Alzheimer's
by Cathie Borrie
Review by Carol Katz
In this shimmering jewel of a memoir, author Cathie Borrie traverses rich terrain as she unearths the hidden and often painful treasures of a life well lived: the shadows and joys of childhood, the relationships that leave us both illuminated and bereft, the love, longing and loss that surge to the fore when a parent is ailing.
Memory, and the losing of it, serves as a powerful guide, and Borrie follows her mother's eccentric and poetic lead into the past, transformed by the unexpected brilliance of the elder woman's shifting dementia mind. A paean of redemptive beauty, The Long Hello cherishes the bond between mothers and daughters, and creates a startling change in society's perception of those journeying through Alzheimer's.
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