Still Alice, Still Greg, Still Enduring

January 23, 2015 3:52 PM

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Lisa Genova's poignant word picture of Alice Howland still haunts me after five years: "Her heart began to race. She started sweating. She told herself that an accelerated heart rate and perspiration were part of an orchestrated and appropriate response to running. But as she stood on the sidewalk, it felt like panic."

Alice was lost. The fictional 50-year-old Harvard psychology professor in Genova's groundbreaking novel Still Alice stood frozen in Harvard Square; she didn't know where she was. The demons were howling. "Please stop this," Alice cried within. Then, "just as suddenly as it came on, the landscape sna...

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