Wafting Embers of a Dying Fire
by Maks Everly
Everly’s book offers solidarity to caretakers and families of Alzheimer’s patients.
Fourteen-year-old Gal and her pop tell each other stories of the Wild West to distract themselves from the harsh reality of caring for their Meemaw, who is in the late stages of Alzheimer’s. In their stories, Gal and Pop are heroes—tracking renegades featured on wanted posters and riding horses into the desert sun. Wafting Embers addresses the challenges of caring for a sick loved one—and suggests that the hard parts of life can only be approached with unexpected moments of hope.