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Terminal House Paperback – 9 October 2018
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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 the year, 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.
- Publisher : Red Tower Publications (9 October 2018)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 282 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0973146990
- ISBN-13 : 978-0973146998
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 1.8 x 21.59 cm
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"My best guess is that it was one of my thrillers--Squall, Finders Keepers, Here After---that convinced you to subscribe [as an advance reader] in the first place. Unfortunately, Terminal House doesn't slot comfortably into that genre. There are no action sequences, crazed killers or supernatural entities in this effort. At its heart, it's a story about ordinary people. In this case, the elderly, and the many challenges and choices they may face in the not-too-distant future".
Sean's description of the new book is accurate except that there is nothing at all unfortunate about it not fitting into his usual genre and quite frankly, I found the plot of the book to be terrifyingly real. Readers who have enjoyed Costello's earlier works will still enjoy his outstanding ability to create and develop characters we love and empathise with, as well as his rare ability to skilfully manipulate language to capture the extremes of human emotions.
Terminal House takes us on a journey with Ben, a journey that is terrifying and beautiful, lonely yet filled with love and nostalgic while daring us to look to our own future. While we are able sink into the story and simply enjoy it, I found that I couldn't help but be drawn in to wrestling with my point-of-view on topics which are generally easier to avoid.
The triumph of the book is the reader's opportunity to truly experience Ben's struggle. Similarly, as Ben's friends attempt to navigate his decline in a caring and respectful way, I think readers who have had similar experiences (I have not) will make strong connections with the situations and choices made by the other characters. Costello manages in a particularly sensitive and skilful way, the kinds of challenges which must be all too real for friends and family of people with Alzheimer's Disease. I loved this book and I am certain others will, too.
Top reviews from other countries
Sean Costello wrote in a way that gives you an insight into the person that's attempting to deal with this awful predicament(Benji).At times you can have tears in your eyes and at others I found it so hilarious I had tears of laughter at the antics he and his side kicks got up to.
A totally enjoyable book
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