Suggested One Read: “Before I Forget”

Before I Forget by Leonard Pitts

Another One Read 2011 suggestion from our friends in cyberspace: “Before I Forget” by Leonard Pitts.

This debut novel follows a faded 1970s soul star who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 49. Overwhelmed with regrets, and unable to confess his diagnosis, he sets out to make things right with his estranged son and his dying father. The reader nominating this title comments, “‘Before I Forget’ is extremely well written; the author is a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist whose columns appear in the Columbia Daily Tribune. The book deals realistically with the issues of Alzheimers, family relationships, poverty, teen pregnancy, gang-related violence, etc.”

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