This is a novel about a man living with Alzheimer’s, told through varying perspectives of a family impacted by his diagnosis. The book really shows what someone with Alzheimer’s goes through as well as the experiences of those who care for him – including his doctor, wife and two children. AN ABSENT MIND will be available in March.
AN ABSENT MIND
Saul Reimer is a common man just like many other men. He is a father and a husband, and while not perfect in either role, he is loved by his family and generally respected by his peers. Unfortunately for Saul and his loved ones, they have something else in common with millions of individuals and families around the world – Alzheimer’s.
In his newest release, An Absent Mind (Avante Press, March 2014) author Eric Rill tells an all too familiar story of how this cruel and terminal disease impacts not only the person who is suffering from the condition, but also those who are an intimate part of his life. With chapters speaking directly to the reader, in alternating voices by different members of the Reimer family as well as their doctor, the book chronicles the emotional (and sometimes physical) rollercoaster each endures during the onset and evolution of Saul’s declining mental health. This unique approach gives readers a very authentic look into the mindset of Saul, his loving and often frustrated wife Monique, his compassionate, yet distant daughter Florence, and Joey, his self-centered, narcissistic son.
In An Absent Mind, readers are privy to Saul’s ramblings, emotions, lucid moments, and confusion, as they witness the downward spiral that Alzheimer’s inevitably thrusts upon its victims. Rill also sheds light on how Monique, Florence, and Joey deal with their conflicted feelings about Saul as a husband and father.
While not autobiographical, Eric Rill writes from what he knows – having lived with a father who was diagnosed and suffered with Alzheimer’s. “I knew I had to write this book to share the challenges faced by caretakers and loved ones as they watch someone they love deteriorate before their eyes,” said Rill. In addition to providing a window into the lives of the Reimers (who could really be any family impacted by Alzheimer’s), Rill also integrates well-researched facts and observations about this dreaded disease into his writing. He enlisted the help of Dr. Serge Gauthier, one of the world’s leading Alzheimer’s researchers, to make sure this information was accurate, accessible, and current. “I wanted the reader to understand that Alzheimer’s is not just about memory loss, but rather the total destruction of a human being, both mentally and physically.”
Even though we know how it will end for Saul (as no one has ever outsmarted Alzheimer’s), Rill tells this heart-wrenching story in an uplifting manner that will engage the reader from the beginning to the end of the Reimer family’s journey.
For those who have been directly or indirectly impacted by Alzheimer’s, An Absent Mind will bring a level of comfort in knowing that they are not alone in dealing with the consequences and despair of this disease. For others, who don’t yet have a connection to Alzheimer’s, the novel will act as an education about the toll it takes on more than 35 million individuals and their families worldwide.