Review: In Book of Mother, Kit Kelen parses the 'double death' wrought by his mother's dementia

By Geoff Page
July 29 2022 - 2:00pm
In Kit Kelen's Book of Mother, words slip away; sentences are left unfinished. Picture: Shutterstock
  • Book of Mother, by Kit Kelen. Puncher and Wattmann, $25.

Dementia (and its subset, Alzheimer's disease) is closer to all of us than we care to admit. Most of us have had an elderly relative who showed at least signs of it, and for anyone over 70, the Wikipedia entry on the subject can be an uneasy experience.