Three Things about Elsie by Joanna Cannon
When a new resident joins the inmates at Cherry Tree retirement home Florence, Elsie and Jack set out on a mission to expose a dark truth. Or do they? There is more than one mystery in this book and the fact that Florence can only remember two of the three things about Elsie, is all part of it. She is her best friend and she always knows the right things to say to make her feel better. So, what is the third?
This is a poignant, sad and sometimes funny book that reveals the hopes and fears of an elderly lady struggling with having given up her home, the onset of dementia and the dread that she will be sent to ‘Greenbanks’. We assume, correctly, that this is a place for those with severe dementia, where there is no hope of an independent life and all choices and decisions are made by others.
This book was enjoyed by most but maybe came a little too close to home for those who have experienced caring for elderly relatives. However, it was a worthwhile read which brought home to all of us that old age can be cruel, and we all need to make the most of what we have while we still have it.