COMING JANUARY 31, 2017: TERMINAL HOUSE

Imagine a malign force dismantling your mind by insidious degrees, stripping away a lifetime of knowledge, cherished memories, and human connections. Now imagine being intimately aware of the process, but helpless to arrest it. Would you be afraid?

For retired physician Ben Hunter, that malign force is Alzheimer’s disease—and he is terrified.

Now a resident in a major geriatric center, Ben straddles an ever-widening gulf between a muddled present and an idealized past, never quite certain which will support his weight. Against this backdrop, he meets Roxanne Austen, an 18-year-old student who both enriches his life and accelerates his descent into bewilderment.

With equal measures of frankness and humor, Terminal House illuminates the many challenges of aging, including dementia, death and dying, voluntary euthanasia, and romantic love.

Here’s a sample of what advance readers are saying about Terminal House:

“As a retired editor who doesn’t watch television I probably read 300 novels a year (about one a day).

Unequivocally, Terminal House is the best of 2016, actually the best for a long while. How someone who is not that old could capture the feelings, desires, memories and fears of an older person is astounding. He emotionally touched the true feelings of both elderly people and the younger persons around them. No one will be able to put this book down once they start reading.

Thank you for a beautiful experience and I look forward to more.”

                                                                                          —Bill Alexander