Tuesday, October 17, 2017

And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer: A Novella by Fredrik Backman

I have adoringly savored each of Fredrik Backman’s books, even when I picked one up thinking the subject matter wouldn't interest me. While his titles might be “about” curmudgeonly old men or hockey clubs, at their root each is truly about the nature of humanity and the shared experiences of life.

Backman takes his ability for creating exquisitely real and nuanced characters and situations one step further in And Every Morning the WayHome Gets Longer and Longer. In this novella, three generations are effected by a Grandfather's struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Told at times through the eyes of one experiencing this disease, Backman captures the fluctuating states of confusion and reality, immersing the reader in an interpretation of this experience.

Having lost my own Grandmother to this terrible disease, the emotions and descriptions felt true and had me in tears throughout the book. While a heart wrenching topic, the overall mood of the story is one of comfort. The Grandfather’s story is rooted in his love for his wife and family, and reader has a sense of appreciation for the depth of relationship and connection between the grandfather and grandson. 

If you have been effected by this disease and don’t mind a good cathartic cry I highly recommend this Novella.

Also, readers who enjoy novels with rich character development should checkout any of Backman’s novels, including A ManCalled Ove, My Grandmother Asked me to Tell You She’s Sorry, Britt- Marie WasHere, and Beartown. 

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