After reading Choke I was a bit dismayed to be reading a second book touching on dementia and elderly mums. This book is almost as unsettling as The Lovely Bones. The novel covers 24 hours, watching a middle aged mother go to pieces after she kills her mother.
It took me a moment to remember her current boyfriend’s name, but as I reached up to touch the branch of the dogwood tree, I remembered its fill-in-the-blank quality. Joe or Bob or Tim. A one-syllable, easily replaceable name, like Jake.
Jenna will lend me Alice Sebold’s biography, which sounds to be the most most unsettling of all her books!