Alice Howland, in her 50s, is a respected cognitive psychology professor and an expert in linguistics, when she starts forgetting things. At first she thinks it's just menopause, but as her forgetfulness starts interfering more and more with her work, she sees a doctor and ends up with a diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's disease.
Tropes Present in This Work:
- Career Ending Injury - Alice is forced into retirement earlier than she expected because of her Alzheimer's Disease.
- Disabled Means Helpless - When Alice tells some people about her Alzheimer's, they react this way even though she's still in the early stages of the progression.
- Unreliable Narrator - As expected, given that the narrator has Alzheimer's disease. Naturally, her narration is more unreliable as the story progresses, though the readers can still tell what's going on even when Alice can't.
- What If the Baby Is Like Me? - Alice's Alzheimer's disease is due to a dominant genetic mutation, with serious implications for her three children, one of whom is trying to have children of her own.