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- Publication Date: May 10, 2014
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Buddy is a sweet woman dealing with the effects of Alzheimer's disease. We get a sense of her views of her plight through the memories of her husband, Walter.
Walter is simply devastated by his wife's illness and deals with it any way he can- even when his children don't approve.
When his daughter, Hannah, comes to visit after a problem at work, his life is turned upside down, and as a result, is forced to face the reality of Buddy's illness in a way he hadn't before.
I loved this book for its heart. It is a must read for anyone looking for something a little different.
I used to work in a retirement home, so I remember what it was like to take care of Alzheimer's patients. However, I know it is much different to take care of a loved one and to have to be there for that person 24/7. I always felt so terribly for the afflicted but often even more so for their relatives who had to see the person they love decline. It was the saddest thing to see pictures on their bureau of them in their youth, when they were healthy and vibrant, and then to see how dementia had changed them into someone incapable of caring for themselves or remembering who their loved ones were. This book does a great job depicting how awful this disease is and how hard it is for the caregivers of the person affected by it. I admired Walter for not wanting to put her in a home. Since her disease was not yet in the later stages, he was still able to take care of her. He was very stubborn, often to his own detriment, but the love he had for her felt very real. And Hanna came across as a sweet and caring person who wanted what was best for her mother. She often argued with Walter over that; she wanted Biddy to experience new things and to enjoy life as much as possible, while he thought a strict routine was best.
I didn't care for Henrik as he came across as selfish and arrogant. He seemed to love to dish out advice, but it was rarely ever compassionate. He kept telling Walter that Biddy should be in a home, not seeming to care how difficult that would be for him. It was heartbreaking enough that his own wife didn't know who he was, let alone having to make her leave the home they had shared together for so many years. And Patrick was primarily absent, but we find out why closer to the end of the book. I'm a little torn on what to think of him...
As Hanna struggles to deal with the aftermath of what happened on the plane, she meets a paramedic named Karim. They start to develop an interesting friendship, and while I did find Karim to be a warm and caring person, he seemed too rigid at times. His mother was an intriguing character, and her role was more pivotal than what I would have originally thought.
This story was very realistic, especially with the family dynamics and all the arguments among the characters. Even the incident on the plane was plausible. While the book was anti-climatic, I believe that's what made the story feel so real. For anyone who likes more character driven novels, this sad, yet enlightening tale, is one worth reading.
The story revolves around the Korhonen family. Biddy is the matriarch in the middle stages of Alzheimer's. Walter is the long-suffering husband determined to care for his wife at home and not miss any of the remaining periods where the wife he knew briefly re-emerges from her illness. Hanna, their daughter is seeking refuge in her parents home from a work incident that left her shaken. We also see brothers Henrik, the highly successful son who never quite measures up and is always in an unspoken competition with Patrick, for whom everything comes easily. Patrick, highly successful in every endeavor, lives cut off from his family, harboring a secret that will only hurt his father.
It became apparent early into the story that Fischer had meticulously researched his subject. While Alzheimer's was the central issue of the book, the title said as much, if not more about the rest of the characters. Each of the Korhonen's must face up to, and accept that there are things holding them back in life. Peripheral characters play primary roles in both Watler's and Hanna's ultimate decisions about their lives and what they need to do. A family that is already partially fractured becomes more so as they each have their own ideas about how to handle Biddy's illness. Their ideas frequently clash with what Walter's wants for his wife. We see Walter's internal conflict over how much of his wife's tasks he has had to take over as her illness progresses. We are also witness to his frustration as it boils over when he occasionally runs out of patience.
The story took me back to a time when one of my sister's in-laws were dealing with a form of dementia (I forget what specifically). I remember hearing the pain in her voice as she told me what they were going through. There was nothing I could do but express my love for her and offer my shoulder and ear when ever she needed. Time to Let Go resonated with me for that reason.
I've come to realize Fischer doesn't tackle easy subjects, yet what he chooses to write about is always worth reading. Writing from the family level of dynamics takes his books to a personal level that requires the reader to embrace the story and empathize with his characters. It's easy to understand Walter's reasons for wanting to keep his wife home for as long as possible. I can't imagine what it must be like to see the person you've shared your life with slowly and irretrievably lose pieces of themselves.
As with his Black Eagle Trilogy, this was not an easy nor comfortable read. I do feel this is a book that should be widely read. As society becomes ever more entrenched in technology, we lose those interactions that preserve our very humanity. We need books such as this in order to retain and remain aware there are those who need the strength that comes from personal connections, because someday, we may be that person and have no one to whom we can turn.
This book was very well researched, well written, with characters that not only well developed, but dynamic in their growth. I was gifted a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.