Title: The Way Back Home
Author: Allan Stratton
Publication: 04 May 2017 by Andersen Digital
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Zoe Bird is going nowhere fast. She’s angry and lonely, and her only true friend is her granny, whose Alzheimer’s is worsening. When her parents put Granny in a home, Zoe decides now is the time to break free. She smuggles Granny out and together they hit the tracks on a cross-country trip to find Zoe’s long-lost uncle. But there will be some home truths along the way. . .
An emotional story about family, surviving school and being true to yourself for fans of The Art of Being Normal and Unbecoming.
The Way Back Home is about the love of a child to her grandmother. It also tackles about family problems, bullying, sexuality, and dementia.
Zoe is an only daughter and came from a not-so-rich family. She is not close to her parents and doesn’t have friends. Zoe has a cousin named Madi who always bullies her in school and during family gatherings. She has been blamed for so many things that Madi did that even her own parents don’t believe her. The only person she trust and can run to is her Granny.
Granny Grace lives alone in 125 Maple Street or more known as the Bird House. Ever since Granny’s husband died, she had started to show signs of dementia. Until things finally went out of control and Granny had to be moved to Greenview where old people like her can be taken care of.
Zoe doesn’t want her to go to Greenview nor does Granny. Until one night, after being assaulted by Madi and her friends, Zoe decided to take her Granny with her to find her uncle Teddy. Thru out their short adventure, I am very pissed off at Zoe for bringing Granny for the obvious reason that her dementia will only cause misfortune. But after all the misadventure, they were able to find Uncle Teddy but just not what she was expecting.
No matter how we look at it, the book is bound to have a sad ending. And it definitely brought me to tears. I never had the chance to be close to my grandparents but my father was older than my mom that people thought that he’s my grandfather. My father did not have dementia but he was bedridden for almost two years because of an accident. I envy Zoe because her love and patience didn’t have any limit. She took care of her until the end. If only I could turn back time and do the same to my father.
This is definitely a good read and I will definitely purchase a physical copy once I see one in our local bookstores.