Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease when he was 88 years old, Jonathan Kozol’s father lived to be 102. This book mostly centers on those years and the effects of the disease on his father, his mother and himself, with some back flashes to memories of his father and family life. Harry Kozol was a nationally recognized neurologist and psychiatrist. He taught in one of Harvard’s major teaching hospitals and played a part in the treatment of a well-known playwright and the court evaluations of two infamous defendants. But more than the recounting of this respected physician’s work during his life, it’s the loving bond between him and his son that makes this book stand out.
The author touches on how most of the decisions that needed to be made on his father’s behalf were now up to him since his sister lived far away and had her own responsibilities. The role between father and son had reversed. Caregivers will relate to this author’s journey through his father’s last years and his story will be helpful to those going through a similar circumstance.
The love this author had for his father shines through each page of this beautiful, heart-wrenching book. Even when he’s portraying his father’s faults, he does so in such an understanding, compassionate way. A touching tribute to a beloved father.
An ARC copy of this book was given to me by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.