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Reviewed by Edith Wairimu for Readers' Favorite
Find a Place for Me: Embracing Love and Life in the Face of Death by Deirdre Fagan is a beautiful portrayal of love against the backdrop of a terminal illness. It is a chronicle of a marriage and family that refuses to let amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) take over and dictate their lives. Following Fagan’s husband’s devastating diagnosis, the family has to adjust to an unfamiliar order while remaining focused on making each day count. They live to their fullest, allowing humor to guide them even on the worst of days. The couple’s love grows deeper as they confront the challenges introduced into their lives by ALS. The work is a celebration and a tribute to Bob’s courage and selflessness even in his final days. It is a poignant and moving portrait of a love that eclipses illness and death.
The memoir candidly explores the impact a terminal illness has on the family but also reveals the strong bonds of love that exist between them. The work is enhanced by its conversational language, compelling imagery, and concise chapters. Fagan writes with vulnerability, evoking powerful emotions at every stage of Bob’s journey. I appreciated that the book is also an intimate, touching picture of the role caregivers take on while balancing other roles such as motherhood. The conversations included are similarly raw, funny, and heartbreaking. Find a Place for Me by Deirdre Fagan remarkably captures the painful effects of terminal illness on a family. It is an image of bravery and resilience in the face of death.