Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Published June 11, 2016
- Author Lisa Genova
After seeing the brilliant film of this story, I wanted to read the book to see how it compared - both are very similar, the film was a close and accurate representation of the story in the book. It’s a heartbreaking but important read, I think, written mostly from the perspective of the patient so it is so easy and painful to feel the decline in abilities first-hand.
The way it’s written, in stark and brutal fashion makes this feel like a true story rather than a work of fiction, and the characters are so believable, flawed and real that it’s impossible not to empathise with the tragic situation.
It leaves you feeling sad, of course, but there’s also just a spark of hope that if nothing else is left in the world, there’s also love.