Carol is an early onset dementia patient who lives with her husband and caregiver, Steve. He details their experiences in the form of a journal, constructing a jarring story of resilience and compassion. It is a tumultuous journey where their love is tested countless times but emerges stronger after every turn.
Dementia: A Love Story by Stephen Lewis is one of the most unique and elevating narrations about the life of someone with a mental ailment and how they balance their day-to-day life with a condition that worsens over time. It is unlike any other attempt to tell this kind of story. The companionship that Carol receives from Steve is heartwarming for readers who tend to feel empathetic for the dementia sufferer who has someone this strong by their side. Describing the events in such a captivating tone is something that Lewis has executed brilliantly throughout the book.
The story of Dementia: A Love Story has been lauded for
the way it lays out caregiving in such an exquisite manner. The book is a
memoir that has been appreciated for being ‘unflinchingly honest’ and has
resulted in the author being a finalist in the BookLife Prize – 2020. The book
follows the slow and painful erosion of Carol through her deteriorating health,
ultimately ending in the inevitable. It is a beautiful work that has polished
prose, originality and the best character development as well as the execution
to deliver a masterpiece for readers. It is an affecting tale that will bring
tears to the eyes of readers.