Saturday, February 7, 2015
Neighbors, by Megan Lindholm
Megan Lindholm's story Neighbors (the link to LibraryThing attributes to Robin Hobb, a pseudonymn) is a decent parallel universe story, with the theme of an aging person who might be suffering from dementia crossing over. To what sounds like a worse place, except she would be free there. That's all fine--what stuck in my mind is the apparent age of the "old" people. The protagonist is becoming dangerously forgetful, and is "closer to sixty-eight than eight". Her neighbor who has already lost it was carpooling kids to soccer just 22 years ago. The protagonist's brother is rotting with Alzheimer's in a nursing home. Lot of early onset Alzheimers here. Amusing. Two stars for ordinariness, but intriguing for the unintended commentary.