THE LIVING END : A MEMOIR OF FORGETTING AND FORGIVING
by Robert Leleux
JoAnn Wilson was a true Southern belle with an acid tongue. She didn't put up with any nonsense and was devoted to her grandson, Robert. He lived with his grandparents, on and off, and thought the world of them. His mother, Jessica (nee Kathleen), never got along with JoAnn and always felt unloved. She had her own issues.
When JoAnn began exhibiting signs of Alzheimer's, Robert was there for her. JoAnn's personality changed and all of her harshness disappeared. Jessica got her mother back but it became a role reversal. What began as a very dysfunctional family was unified as the disease progressed.
Robert Leleux is one very talented writer. His previous book Memoirs of a Beautiful Boy certainly kept me laughing. The Living End has some funny moments but the way he writes is definitely thought provoking. Leleux so loved his grandmother and this book is a great tribute to her. His prose is beautiful.