a novel by Zella Smoak
Losing Johanna is an unvarnished, poignant fictional look at a very real disease. The book is a must read for anyone who knows or loves someone who has Alzheimer’s Dementia.
Johanna Moss is looking forward to the next stage of her life: after a successful career as an attorney, she decides to move back to her childhood home in Montana, where she will blend the memories of her past with the reality of the woman she’s become. But Johanna doesn’t know that she is being stalked by a thief that will steal from her the one gift she values most. This gripping, gorgeous novel tells the story of her descent into Alzheimer’s Dementia, as experienced by those who love her, and also from Johanna’s own uniquely illuminating point of view.
Losing Johanna is heart warming, educational and humorous. This timeless novel offers comfort, respite and a realization that you are not alone. An exuberant, funny, tragic, and ultimately redemptive story, readers will be inspired by Johanna’s bravery, her humor, and above all, the profound humanity of her journey through time and memory.