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An Eight Year Goodbye: A Memoir

5 Star Review

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Editorial Book Review:

Iara Keyz

"An Eight Year Goodbye: A Memoir" by Maryanne V. Scott is a deeply moving and heartfelt tribute to a beloved father, Samuel Valenti, whose life was a testament to the American dream and whose final years were marked by the devastating impact of Alzheimer's disease. This memoir is a poignant exploration of love, resilience, and the unbreakable bonds of family.

Samuel Valenti, an unpretentious and humble man, lived a life rich in simple joys and profound experiences. From growing tomatoes on his family farm in New Jersey during the Great Depression to witnessing historic events like the Hindenburg's flight and serving his country in World War II, Sam's early years were filled with memorable moments. His greatest joy, however, came from marrying the love of his life and raising his children, a source of daily sustenance and happiness.

Maryanne V. Scott's narrative beautifully captures the essence of her father's life, celebrating his work ethic, his dedication to family, and his ability to find contentment in life's simplicity. However, the memoir's heart lies in its portrayal of Sam's battle with Alzheimer's disease, a slow and heartbreaking decline that lasted eight long years.

Through her eloquent and compassionate storytelling, Scott invites readers into the intimate journey of her father's cognitive decline. The memoir does not shy away from the painful realities of Alzheimer's but rather confronts them with grace and honesty. It offers practical advice and insights for those facing similar challenges, making it not only a personal memoir but also a valuable resource for caregivers and families.

"An Eight Year Goodbye" is more than a story of illness; it is a story of unwavering love and compassion. As Sam's children stand by his side, navigating the stages of Alzheimer's, they embody the strength and dedication that define true familial bonds. The memoir is a testament to their enduring love for their father, even as they watch the vibrant, independent man they knew fade into confusion and frailty.

This memoir will resonate deeply with anyone who has witnessed a loved one endure the ravages of Alzheimer's disease. It is a touching reminder of the importance of cherishing our loved ones, honoring their legacies, and finding strength in moments of profound vulnerability. Maryanne V. Scott's "An Eight Year Goodbye" is a beautifully written and emotionally powerful tribute to her father, offering solace and understanding to all who read it.


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