Title: Tangles – A Story About Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me
Author: Sarah Leavitt
Pages: 127 Pages
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
What do you do when your outspoken, passionate, and quick-witted mother starts fading into a forgetful, fearful woman? In this powerful graphic memoir, Sarah Leavitt reveals how Alzheimer’s disease transformed her mother Midge–and her family–forever.
Tangles is truly heartbreaking. In a lot of books Alzheimer’s is relegated to a subplot, on that has an impact on the protagonist but doesn’t really determine the rest of the story but Leavitt puts the story front and centre.
What makes it all the more of a gut punch is that it is a true story. Leavitt bleeds her pain on the page. She does not hide any of the hard parts of living with a parent with Alzheimer’s disease. If you are a family going through the early stages of this with a loved on then I would advice staying away from this book. It is so very good but the reality of Alzheimer’s may be a bit too tough to handle.
Leavitt really did lay it all out on the page. She doesn’t sugar coat her own reactions, she doesn’t paint herself the hero. She shows the ugly side of dealing with it and she should be completely proud of bearing it all on the page.
Tangles – A Story about Alzheimers, My Mother, and Me by Sarah Leavitt is available now.
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