The things we keep by Sally Hepworth

The things we keep /Sally Hepworth

Book Review By Sharon Lewis

Where do you send a family member with early onset Alzheimer’s disease? Nursing homes are for old people, so how do they cope with someone who should have more than half their life to live?  The things we keep is a thought provoking novel about Anna Forster, 38 years old and in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.  Her family arranges for her to move into Rosalind House a small nursing home with another young resident living there.  Anna’s adjustment to living in the nursing home and her interactions with the staff and other residents, but Luke in particular, are beautifully told in a novel that is both unexpected and creative.

I really enjoyed not only the story but the way Sally Hepworth intertwined the stories of the nursing home employee’s lives and their personal histories with the residents of the home.  The story also tackles issues of relationships between residents of the home and the implications of young people in this type of relationship when they do not have full control of their mind.

A very powerful book, that is beautifully written and one that I couldn’t put down.

This book is available for loan from the Lithgow Library Learning Centre.

The Things We Keep