Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Day One Hundred Two: "The Backward Fall" by Jason Helmandollar


A man observes his wife as she struggles with dementia, moving fluidly between different times in her life, between memories that include him, lead up to him, and some that sadly leave him behind. The reader gets the sense that the marriage, albeit a long one, has had its rocky turns but, in the end, the man is still there. He's more than just an observer. He spends his days coping, allowing her to slip away, documenting in his mind her deterioration whether he wants to or not.

This is a story about love, love challenged and love that persists despite it all. Rich in dialogue, the reader can't help but get caught up in the life of this couple. But what a place for us to begin. So sad.

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