I read Still Alice based on a recommendation from a few friends. An incredibly powerful and moving novel, it impacted me immediately and has stuck with me since. Still Alice is the story of a Harvard psychology professor who finds that she is losing pieces of herself. It’s a sad and moving portrayal of a woman losing the things that defined her.
When Alice can’t find her way home on a run through Harvard Square, she knows something is very wrong. Initially, she wonders if it’s menopause or depression, but her neurologist quickly rules out those possibilities and settles on the terrifying diagnosis of early onset Alzheimers. Told from Alice’s perspective in the third person, the story focuses on the reactions and responses of the people around her; Alice’s only clues to her own decline.