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The Wilderness by Samantha Harvey

In The Wilderness, Jake Jameson is an architect in his sixties, his wife is dead, and his son is in prison. Jake also has Alzheimer’s and he struggles to remember events from his past. He wonders what has happened to his daughter, and then he isn't sure he ever had one. He remembers events and people, and then realizes that those memories had changed. Or were the earlier memories incorrect? He can no longer form a coherent or reliable story of his own life as the disease steals his past from him. Samantha Harvey's novel has received a Booker nomination and positive reviews. The Observer says, "Samantha Harvey barely puts a foot wrong in telling this crushing tale. It is a piece of literature seamlessly woven from extremely controlled prose, and peppered with vivid images that are recalled with haiku-like clarity. Harvey conjures both atmosphere and beauty, but the impact of this novel comes from its merciless portrayal of dementia."
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