A Lie Called the Present

At the core of Jim van de Erve’s A Lie Called The Present lies a captivating and unique take on a familiar story, that of aging parents and partners. The author deftly takes us on a journey through the lives of the Jackson family, where the matriarch Yvonne is facing the challenges of dementia. Her struggles have a profound impact on the lives of her adult children, Catherine, Jackie, Ray, and Bret, as well as her husband, Harry. Through the power of verse, Erve explores the intense human emotions of sadness, frustration, uncertainty, and nostalgia that this family experiences.

As readers, we are left wondering whether this family can find the light at the end of the tunnel and achieve the freedom and futures they seek. To discover the answer, one must delve into the captivating world of A Lie Called The Present. Erve’s work is a testament to his passion for writing and storytelling, and I commend him for his evident dedication to this work. He leaves no stone unturned in exploring the often-ugly aspects of having an aging parent that many people shy away from discussing. The feelings of sadness, bitterness, and the yearning for a brighter future despite one’s love for a family member are all authentically portrayed. I am always impressed by a story that confronts life’s unpretty aspects without sugarcoating them. Such works are a vital part of literature because they make readers feel seen and heard. This is one such work, exploring the complexities of the human condition with honesty and empathy.

A Lie Called The Present is a thought-provoking story told in verse. Readers will be transported into this family’s life and experience all the turmoil that goes with the aging stage of life. Erve’s work is a true testament to the power of literature to explore the nuances of the human experience.

Pages: 200 | ASIN : B0BWRX7FWC

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