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Life is a constant surprise when you have Alzheimer’s.

Strange Horizons published my short story “Sundowning” today. This is a very personal story for me: my maternal grandfather had Alzheimer’s for several years before he died last February, and my maternal grandmother has just had to be put in a home because of hers. The character in the story is not either of my grandparents, but some of the interactions are based loosely on real things that happened with them. Of course, my grandparents never survived a war with vampires.

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  1. jenniey wrote:

    hey joanne–this story is so good! the subject matter is presented so subtly and is written in an understated way, but the images are incredibly vivid. not to mention the story itself which is just perfectly intriguing and tragic.

    really, you have struck an extraordinary balance of truth and fiction. you are a very talented writer; i hope you know that.

    Monday, February 22, 2010 at 9:46 am | Permalink
  2. Thanks, Jenniey. Coming from you that is a true compliment; I know you have high standards!

    Monday, February 22, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Permalink
  3. Trina wrote:

    I wish there was more to read, fantastic writing!
    Would make a wonderful full-length novel 🙂

    Monday, February 22, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Permalink
  4. anne wrote:

    This is definitely one of my all time favourite short stories. I love how it tells me just enough to know what’s going on but leaves out just enough to make me wish there was more to read. The best short stories leave me dreamily wondering.

    Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 11:30 am | Permalink
  5. Thanks! I think writing a novel out of it would be too emotional for me, but maybe later. Anne, I’m glad you liked it too. I’m really proud of this one.

    Thursday, February 25, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Permalink