Author(s): Marie Williams
Green Vanilla Tea is a story of compassion and courage in the face of a deadly and little understood illness. Above all, it is a love story. Marie Williams watches helplessly as an undiagnosable condition debilitates her husband, Dominic, in both body and mind. As the condition develops, the normally devoted family man and loving partner seems to disappear beneath an expressionless face and a relentless desire to walk and walk and walk at all hours of the day and night. In a compelling story that spans both joy and sadness, Marie Williams writes about the bonds in her family, her sons' love for their father, the spirit that sustains them all during the most testing of experiences and about the struggle they faced in dealing with the inexplicable.
This is a harrowing and heart-wrenching account of a man diagnosed with early-onset dementia at only 40 years of age. As his health deteriorates, Dominick's wife and teenage sons must come to grips with the fact that they will lose him. Told with humour, compassion and brutal honesty, this is a total must-read memoir - with a large box of tissues by your side. - Lucy
Finch Memoir Prize Winner 2013