Unraveling the Mystery of a Mother’s Identity Lost in the Battle with Alzheimer’s Disease

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Philosophy professor Andrew Glascoe captures fragility of life through family oral history in new book.

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Our own personal identity is far more elusive and decidedly more fragile than we think.

A wife and mother with Alzheimer’s disease, Maggie Glascoe was horrified and her life made profoundly miserable by the gradual loss of her faculties and control of her environment when she had to be placed in care.

Andrew Glascoe, her son, watched both his parents’ lives torn apart by his mother’s illness. In “Nobody Knew She Was There”, he captures not only the story of their downward spiral, but also what turns out to be a search for identity faced by the entire family.

“As a caregiver, I was forced into a search not only for my mother’s identity, but as a result of this, a search for my own identity and that of my family as a whole, because in my mind they are all intimately interlaced,” Glascoe said.

As a university professor of philosophy, the author’s disclosure of his family’s personal struggle generates philosophical messages invoked by his experience.

“Our own personal identity is far more elusive and decidedly more fragile than we think. It can be easily snatched away from us by the unforeseen circumstances of our lives,” Glascoe said.

Above all, “Nobody Knew She Was There” is a sad and strangely beautiful story that speaks to the human condition.

Nobody Knew She Was There
By Andrew Glascoe
ISBN: 978-1-4918-5404-4
Available in softcover, hardcover, e-book
Available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and AuthorHouse

About the author

Andrew Glascoe was born in Scotland and immigrated to Toronto with his parents in the 1960s. He is a philosopher, poet, art critic, writer, and teacher. He lives with his family in Ontario, Canada.

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