In Love: A Memoir of Love and Loss (by Amy Bloom)

This was an emotional read from beginning to end. The author does an amazing job of sharing her husband’s experience from being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s through the decision to choose death in a dignified and intentional manner. You get glimpses of life before the diagnosis as well as how Amy responds to her husband, Brian, once they are aware of his condition. The way they travel together through the effect the disease has on Brian, the struggles they experience, the effort put into being permitted to have an assisted suicide, etc. are admirable. Amy Bloom does not paint herself as a saint. She is open and honest about her response to Brian and the many people who become part of his life because of Alzheimer’s and his choice of assisted suicide. She shares her pain, her anger, her frustration, her impatience, her never ending attempts to fulfill her husband’s final wish … all while the tears flow down her face. This was an informative book, but the personal aspects are what made it a moving read.

Thank you to NetGalley and Random House for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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