Author: Thomas Grant Bruso
Publisher: JMS Books
Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Harry Lennon and Zeke Hodge spent many wonderful years together, but five years ago, Harry made the grim decision to admit his life-partner to a permanent housing facility at Saint Keller’s Nursing Home for the Aging. Riddled with Alzheimer’s, Zeke barely recognizes Harry anymore. As he tries to help Zeke recall small occurrences in the forty-two years they shared together, Harry wrestles with his worst fear: watching his partner slowly deteriorate in front of him.
During Zeke’s last months at Saint Keller’s, Harry notices his partner gradually slipping away. Zeke grows more violent and disruptive with the orderlies, and becomes a stranger with whom Harry cannot identify. When Harry succumbs to one of life’s harsh realities, what reason can he find to keep living?
Harry and Zeke
Harry visits Zeke every day that summer into late-fall. Leaves change from golden-yellow to spotted-grey.
I’m finding it more than difficult to bring my thoughts to the surface and form them into actual words. Loss is grief and disbelief and anger and reminiscing and wishing the pain would shove off, desperately wishing. Sometimes this journey begins before the loss is a permanent thing, irreversible, still teasing with a thread of hope.
I am hesitant to mention the imperfections in this story because they honestly lose their import when compared to the devastating heart that beats within this memory.
Read this. You’ll feel love. And pain. I did, and do. It’ll sit with you awhile. It’s worthy and worth it.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.
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