Now I Remember I Love You

Now I Remember I Love You

by Janet Aird

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Overview

More than anything, this is a love story. But it’s also the story of the inner workings of a family when the wife and mother falls into dementia. When her husband, who had been in the position of power, finds himself sidelined by powers beyond his control. And when their adult children are given the power to make decisions for their parents when no decision leads to happily ever after.

This novel began about ten years ago as journal entries that I wrote when my mother was diagnosed with dementia and later, Alzheimer’s disease. She fought the symptoms with everything she had, but the most heart-crushing for me was my father’s desperate denial of what was happening to her. Even when she stopped remembering who he was, even when she stopped being able to feed herself, he insisted that she was getting better. The pain became so intense that my mind began to escape into fantasy.

“Now I Remember I Love You” is the story of Nick and Evie Landry:

Evie Landry is slipping, and she knows it. She has trouble remembering the names of her children, and even of her loving husband, Nick. Nothing in the house seems to be in the right place. Sometimes, at night, she wakes up terrified of Nick and runs away, but the neighbors always call him and he takes her back to the place she no longer believes is her home.

Nick does everything he can to protect her, but one day she attacks him on the driveway and puts him in the hospital. The pressure to send her to long-term care, from well-meaning agencies, their doctor, and even their children, becomes overwhelming. Early one morning, Nick bundles Evie into their car and they begin a thousand-mile journey from Central California to Canada and their only hope of staying together.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998156507
Publisher: AltaPress
Publication date: 03/07/2017
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 5.24(w) x 7.99(h) x 0.46(d)

About the Author

I spent most of the first part of my life moving around, from my childhood in Montreal, Canada and Connecticut, to a year in Europe and Israel, where I hitchhiked, worked and lived from Paris to a tiny island in Spain, and volunteered on a dusty kibbutz.

I lived in Vancouver for a year and then took a train to the East coast. I did stints at three universities, worked in cafeterias and fast food restaurants, and sorted mail at a post office. What always fascinated me were people and their relationships. I wrote everywhere I went.

I married and had two children, who are raising families of their own now. We live in Los Angeles and I work as a freelance writer, writing magazine articles about the environment and sustainability.

I'm still fascinated by people and their relationships. Much of what I've learned inspired my novel, "Now I Remember I Love You."

I'm still fascinated by people and their relationships. Much of what I've learned inspired my novel, "Now I Remember I Love You."

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