Book – Maud is concerned that her friend Elizabeth is missing. Maud is also aware that she frequently forgets things and becomes confused; that’s why she writes things down of importance on pieces of paper that she leaves around her house or stuffed in her pockets or purse. She is distraught because no one takes her seriously regarding her friend’s disappearance. Maud’s search brings up other old memories, the disappearance of her sister Sukey during post World War II. Though authorities determined that Sukey simply ran away to start a new life away from her husband, due to lack of evidence to suggest foul play, Maud has always been haunted that her older sister would have shared this secret with her and bid her farewell. Could the two mysteries be connected?
This is a bittersweet glimpse inside Maud’s dementia. She doesn’t always know who her daughter is, she keeps buying tins of peach slices when she has a pantry full, and forgets to drink the cups of tea she’s made. We feel her panic when she gets lost or can’t remember why she is at a certain place and why she is interacting with “strangers”. She realizes that she may only have a short time until her memory fails her completely to resolve the disappearances of her friend and sister.
This is the author’s first book and it received starred reviews from Library Journal and BookList. This novel would make an excellent book club selection.