Ms.Saunders has come of age and feels she is beginning to lose her memory. She goes to her doctor to confirm this and it is true she is indeed suffering from dementia. She is trying to come to terms with herself about losing her memory, it is going to be affecting her writing. She reaches out to friends and family to gather how they feel about the matter. She is taking the dementia as her going away from the world.
- Gerda Saunders is loosing her short term memory, and thus is writing a book in an attempt to declare herself to the world, as well as to analyze her dementia.
- For the time being she is still a very good writer, and wants to hang on to that as long as possible.
- Saunders is clearly aware of what she will eventually succumb too, and is afraid.
“Saunders’s memoir is an attempt to declare herself before her mind wastes away — and to analyze her dementia as dispassionately as possible, in the cool manner that a herpetologist might a snake.”