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Dying to Remember: A Story of Love, Loss, and Dementia [Kindle Edition]

Dianne D. Corder
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Book Description

Rose, the matriarch of the family, is still a feisty, flirty, lady, now in her late eighties. She has struggled with depression and anxiety throughout her life. Her daughter, Alison, has been her mother’s primary caretaker. This difficult time for the family watching their mother, Rose, slip into dementia.

Rose and her sister Violet live at Crestview Assisted Living in separate apartments. In the close proximity of a retirement center the drama unfolds and personalities clash. The sisters love to reminisce, or even be a bit naughty, as they share a nightcap with friends. Alison and Kristy take care of their mother’s finances, and enjoy weekly visits together. We see the painful degeneration of dementia and how complex this becomes for both mother and daughter. The disease mixes past memories with the present and Rose lives in a nightmarish hell of confusion. She revisits the love story of her youth and the tragedy that followed. The secrets she had guarded are revealed and become life altering for everyone, especially Alison.

As the family learns the truth about their mother, Rose and her story ends. Another story unfolds that has lasting impact for everyone, especially her daughter, Alison. She is left with questions in this generational story of loss and renewal.

Product Details

  • File Size: 450 KB
  • Print Length: 206 pages
  • Publisher: BookBaby; 1 edition (April 26, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,624,859 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first novel September 22, 2013
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This book has a great plot: the story of two generations told through the dementia of an elderly mother and the daughter who cares for her. A mix of drama (the unfolding of the mother's secrets from years ago) and humor (the foibles of elderly residents in assisted living). Some parts are beautifully written, nostalgic and moving. The historical details will appeal to natives of the Twin Cities or anywhere in the Midwest. However, the writer is still finding her voice and has some trouble with pacing and consistency of tone. I will look forward to reading more from Ms. Corder and she develops as a writer.

Sandy in St. Paul
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The book illustrates in compelling detail the lives of three aging women and their fellow residents in a nursing home in Minnesota. Bonded by their shared histories, passions, and secrets, the author does a fine job portraying the challenges they face as they try to cope with the debilitating consequences of aging; loneliness, loss of freedom, and loss of control over their lives. The book spans a long passage of time as the protagonist, Rose's past and present are conveyed to us through the use of flashbacks. We share her youthful dream and tragic loss, in the same time that we are witnessing her sad decline as she confronts the stark reality of aging. This book helped me acquire a new sensitivity about the dignity and indignities of old age.
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