An extraordinary debut novel about an accomplished woman who slowly loses her thoughts and memories to a harrowing disease -- only to discover that each day brings a new way of living and loving
Alice Howland is proud of the life she worked so hard to build. At fifty years old, she's a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned expert in linguistics with a successful husband and three grown children. When she becomes increasingly disoriented and forgetful, a tragic diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease changes her life.
As the inevitable descent into dementia strips away her sense of self, fiercely independent Alice struggles to live in the moment. While she once placed her worth and identity in her celebrated and respected academic life, now she must reevaluate her relationship with her husband, a respected scientist; her expectations of her children; and her ideas about herself and her place in the world.
At once beautiful and terrifying, Still Alice is a moving and vivid depiction of life with early-onset Alzheimer's disease that is as compelling as A Beautiful Mind and as unforgettable as Ordinary People.
“After I read Still Alice, I wanted to stand up and tell a train full of strangers, 'You have to get this book.'”
– Beverly Beckham, The Boston Globe
“This book is as important as it is impressive, and will grace the lives of those affected by this dread disease for generations to come.”
– Phil Bolsta, author of Sixty Seconds
“With a master storyteller's easy eloquence, Lisa Genova shines a searing spotlight on this Alice's surreal wonderland. You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to read this book. It will inform you. It will scare you. It will... ”
– Julia Fox Garrison, author of Don't Leave Me This Way
“A work of pure genius.”
– Charley Schneider, author of Don't Bury Me, It Ain't Over Yet
“A masterpiece that will touch lives in ways none of us can even imagine. This book is the best portrayal of the Alzheimer's journey that I have read.”
– Mark Warner, Alzheimer's Daily News
“With grace and compassion, Lisa Genova writes about the enormous white emptiness created by Alzheimer's.”
– The Improper Bostonian
– The Cape Cod Chronicle
“Heartbreakingly real.... So real, in fact, that it kept me from sleeping for several nights. I couldn't put it down....Still Alice is a story that must be told.”
– Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader
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Lisa Genova Discusses Her Debut Novel Still Alice
Still Alice is a compelling debut novel about a 50-year-old woman's sudden descent into early onset Alzheimer's disease.