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Brought To Our Senses: A Family Saga Novel Paperback – August 15, 2016
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"A profound analysis of complicated family dynamics that should appeal to caregivers seeking inspiration and solace in their own lives ... Wheeler's gripping novel is ambitious in the way it tackles the heavy subject matter of losing a parent to Alzheimer's disease."--Kirkus Reviews ..". Brought to Our Senses is one of the most true-to-life, gripping accounts on the complexities of interconnected family relationships that has appeared in recent years ... Very highly recommended as a striking jewel that is a glowing standout from the growing stack of dementia fiction sagas."--D. Donovan, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review "In Brought to Our Senses, Wheeler tackles a very sensitive and personal topic with both compassion and pragmatism. Alzheimer's has been called "the long goodbye," and while that is unfortunately true, in the case of the Kraus family, the disease brings about some much-needed healing and new beginnings."--Sara Hodon, Compulsive Reader
About the Author
Kathleen H. Wheeler is a child of divorce and Alzheimer's disease called to tell a tale. She writes stories that sing because she cannot, and her work has been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul, newspaper, trade, and academic publications. A graduate of the University of Illinois, she has wordsmithed as a marketing communications professional for ad agencies and corporations since Nike first coined the slogan "Just Do It." Wheeler is a music enthusiast and lifelong fan of a British musician known by a one-syllable nickname. Along with her husband and two children, she calls the Land of Lincoln home.
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If you have been touched by this devastating disease, reading "Brought to our senses" will give you hope that despite the brokenness inherent in every family since Adam and Eve, hope and healing can happen.
* Full disclosure: my honest review and thoughts are provided after receiving a free review copy of the book. And I still bought one once it was available to share with others!
This was a tough book for me to read, as it brought back vivid memories of life with my grandmother, who died at the end of a battle with Alzheimers. It was a VERY real read, and so may be quite hard if people are reading it while in the throes of dealing with this in their own families.
One of the hardest parts of this disease, beyond watching it take away the very essence of your loved ones, is watching how it impacts families. Family dynamics shift exponentially with this disease, when we seem to want to think we're imagining what is happening, when it comes time to make healthcare decisions, and when the disease finally takes its toll. Kathy writes a real truth here, full also of the tales of hurt and healing that every family experiences.
I read this book overnight - it was hard for me to put down, perhaps because it felt so personal. Still, I think even if you have not had the unfortunate experience of a family member with Alzheimers, you will be caught up in the drama of the family in this lovely story.
This book is about a difficult subject we all need to face at some time: aging parents. Even if your parent or loved one is suffering with something other than Alzheimer's you will be able to relate to situations in the book. I found the book to be healing in the way the author bravely talks about personal emotions, while dealing with a family member's deteriorating health, which were similar to my own. The family drama develops this into an entertaining story with humor, sadness and healing.
Full disclosure: I received a free copy of the book for review but the opinions are my own.
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