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Reviewed by Rosie Malezer for Readers' Favorite
Magic O’Clock is a fictional narrative of dementia and hope, written by Lynne Fellows. Although it is difficult to adjust when somebody dies, it is often more difficult to face the day with somebody you love, when you look into their eyes and know that they are looking back at a stranger. With her father’s new home being the Sunnyside Retirement Village, the narrator’s father, Archie Royle, smiles as he shuffles along, eager to entertain those who have gathered to hear his latest story. Such a wordsmith is Archie that his captivated audience makes no sound, hungrily eating up every single word, as if breaking a fast. You see, three o’clock is a magic hour, each and every day, when coherency magically returns so that Archie may talk of the many wonderful moments of his incredible life, whether real, imagined, or seen on television.
I was left smiling at the end of this short, but incredible story. Whilst fiction, it captures the reality of the harsh, yet seemingly lulling illness that is dementia. Lynne Fellows’ tale of a father who brightens up the room each day, putting a smile and a cheer on the faces of all those who listen, is beautiful, yet sad. Memories of my own father’s hugs brighten my days, and mean everything to me. I cannot even imagine how painful it must be for the families of those who suffer from dementia, just hoping for one moment of recognition on the face of one they love so deeply. Not only was I intrigued by Magic O’Clock (such a fitting title), but it was interesting to see one’s closest family member through the eyes of the author. Descriptive in nature and extremely well written, Magic O’Clock is recommended to all who have been touched by dementia, whether through a loved one or through their own experiences in life.