My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Montpelier Tomorrow is not the type of book that will talk in sweet tones, where everybody loves and likes everyone and there are no negative emotions anywhere. This book deals with the searingly painful and gritty reality of seeing a love one suffer from an incurable life threatening disease. In this case it is ALS, otherwise known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
This story is told through Colleens eye as her son-in-law is diagnosed with ALS and she rushes to her daughters (Sandy) house to attempt to help be a caregiver to her husband and the kids. Her efforts are not always appreciated and there is a palpable resentment towards Colleen as well as a feeling of complicated family dynamics throughout the story. We find the answers out as to the why for some of these feelings, but it doesn’t seem like enough of a reason I think. This is a hard book to read as the characters are not always likeable and through their actions in this story they seem to lack basic compassion and human decency. However, the fact that it highlights this horrific disease and helps showcase the hardships placed upon the family means that it is worthwhile to read.
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