When she’s home for Christmas, Ruth realizes her father’s memory condition is worse than she realized. It’s full blown Alzheimer’s. Though her brother may see it differently, she doesn’t want to lose the doting father she remembers, and when her mother asks her to stay around to help out for a year, she agrees. After all, she’s just been dumped by her fiancé; what’s she got to lose?
Not only was this the quickest read I’ve encountered in a while, it was positively endearing. This family is flawed, but they’re family. Also, the diary-esque writing style highlighted one of the overarching themes that there is both beauty and significance in the mundane.
4 out of 5 stars.