Monday, May 14, 2007

Letters to Emily

I just read the book Letters to Emily. (see sidebar for link) It is such a good book, full of sage advice, such as that which a parent or grandparent has to offer. The format follows events around an older man who has been diagnosed with Alzheimers. He has a grand-daughter that is literally his best friend. She isn't very old, and he is afraid she will remember him as the man that he will become because of the AD. To counteract that, he writes letters to Emily that are linked with poetry riddles so she will remember the man he was before the disease takes that side of him away. Along the way, the letters help his son and his wife who are soon to be divorced understand life a little better and their challenges. His advice to Emily is very timely for his son at the time he receives his copy of the poems.

This is a five-out-of-five-star book in my opinion. It did not take long to read it---maybe 4 hours. Although it is a thick paperback, it is a quick read. I had to read the ending before continuing very far in the book though. I had to make sure it wasn't a downer type of book. It isn't. I will definitely be reading it again soon.

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