In A Month of Summer, Hanna Beth has been caring for her aging husband - who suffers from Alzheimer's - and her developmentally challenged adult son for years on her own. But when she suffers a stroke, estranged stepdaughter Rebecca must take the reins. As she cares for her father and the step-brother she's barely met, Rebecca slowly begins to heal both herself and her family.
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Another thoroughly enjoyable story from Lisa Wingate. I love the experience of her stories told about people from the inside out. I love the experience of knowing her people will be better off in the end. This particular story is a tour of compassion, personalities, efforts at creating beauty in a confusing world, misunderstanding, understanding, and wisdom in "broken" minds. I loved Claude's story-pictures. Johanna Parker, the narrator is astoundingly remarkable.
I truly enjoyed this accopunt of what families of alziemers victims go through. I work with alziemers patients and their families every day. This book shows how vulnerable not only the patient is but also their family.
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I may listen to this one again in a few months. The plot is tightly woven and the characters are realistic.
I suppose I'd never thought about what it must be like to be a stroke victim, as Hannah Beth is. This particular character made the whole experience of struggling for words, struggling to be understood and grasping for movement and improvement understandable. I don't think I'll ever forget it. Rebecca also is a sympathetic character - someone living with resentment and hurt who is forced to confront what she believes to be true and having to choose to either stay where she is emotionally or letting go of the past and learning to live life on other terms. There are so many other characters I could mention - Teddy, Claude, Mary - not enough space, though. You'll have to listen/read the book for yourself.
Great real-life story.
When the main character discovers her step brother is her biological brother.
When the main character discovers her step brother is her biological brother, the book became real, becuase the main character reacted as a real person.
The novel begins slow for me and it has issues that are too real-life, I wanted to put it down. Then the characters became a part of my heart and I loved it.
The story starts in a good place but the narrative moves very slowly. Not much happens in the 11 or so hours of this book, Let's see, there is daily life at the nursing home, a couple of depressing health situations and...hmmm...oh, an inheritance controversy.
There is no sense of place here. Somewhere in...a suburb of Dallas? It could be anywhere, and wherever it is, the setting is not a location I would want to visit.
The narrator takes up way too much time bleating and honking - an annoying pattern that is supposed to represent the speech patterns of several disabled characters.
There is a nice resonance that ties the end to the beginning and that is about all the glimpse I could get of the author's talent.
And, this book is way better than the current crop of junk mystery thrillers.
I think Lisa Wingate has talent and the potential to write a good book. However, this is not the one. Everything was there--character, plot, mystery--and then she neatly tied up all the loose ends in the last 20 minutes and everyone lived happily ever after, which is OK for a Fannie Flagg story, but more is expected from the next generation of writers.
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