Mary Hogan & Mary Baum in Conversation

Join us for an intimate evening with author Mary Hogan whose new novel, Left: A Love Story was inspired by her real-life marriage to a man with early Alzheimer’s. With humor and insight, Mary will discuss the book as well as her experiences spotting early signs of trouble, the perils of undiagnosed dementias, creative caretaking, nursing home vs. home care, and living, loving and coping when a loved one leaves you little by little.

In this beautifully crafted novel from the author of the critically-acclaimed Two Sisters, comes the story of a woman who retreats into a fantasy world on New York City’s Upper West Side as she slowly loses her once whip-smart husband to dementia—perfect for fans of Still Alice.

When life falls apart, a little fantasy goes a long way…

It started as a dream vacation in Spain, with Fay and Paul Agarra enjoying all the delights of a European holiday. A respected New York City judge, Paul has always been the man Fay can rely on, no matter what. When he inexplicably disappears from a Barcelona street corner, Fay knows something is terribly wrong. Once reunited, Paul shrugs off the episode as a simple misunderstanding—but Fay suspects her almost perfect life has taken a dark and sudden turn.

Soon there are more signs that Paul is beginning to change. Bouts of forgetfulness lead to mistakes in the courtroom. Simple tasks cause unexplainable outbursts of anger. Fay’s worst suspicions are realized when she learns her husband—her rock, her love, her everything—is succumbing to the ravages of dementia. 

As her husband transforms before her very eyes, Fay copes with her fears by retreating into a fantasy life filled with promise instead of pain. In Fay’s invented world, she imagines herself living a glamorous life free from heartache, with a handsome neighbor she barely knows rescuing her from a future she can’t accept. 

Poignant and beautifully crafted, Left is an unforgettable tale about life’s aching uncertainties—and a woman who discovers that somewhere between hope and reality, an unexpected future will find its way forward.

Mary Hogan is the author of ten novels including the bestselling Two Sisters and a historical novel, The Woman in the Photo.

Mary Baum is an expert in Alzheimer’s care with 20 years experience in assisted living and long-term care settings in Massachusetts. She has served as Program Director of the Compass Memory Support NeighborhoodⓇ at Concord Park in Concord, MA since 2003. She has a BA in Psychology from University of Massachusetts and is a Certified Dementia Practitioner.

Event date: 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

79 Leonard St
Belmont, MA 02478
Left: A Love Story Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062678379
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 19th, 2018

In this beautifully crafted novel from the author of the critically-acclaimed Two Sisters, comes the story of a woman who retreats into a fantasy world on New York City’s Upper West Side as she slowly loses her once whip-smart husband to dementia—perfect for fans of Still Alice.