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On The Table Read Magazine, “the best book magazine in the UK“, in Dempsey Gray’s, Refuge in the Land Of Silver, James, a retired doctor, recognises the early stages of dementia in himself and shares memories with a young woman of her mother many years prior.
Refuge In The Land Of Silver
Refuge In The Land Of Silver by Dempsey Gray is a beautiful and authentic recounting of a retired doctor realising in himself the onset of dementia which explores how the decisions we make in a single moment can define our lives going forward, and how ultimately we need to be at peace with those paths we decided to tread.
Time and again, history comes back to haunt us. How we choose to deal with it often shapes our own happiness. Can we learn to live with our own decisions and the actions of others? Is there a difference between the need to know and the want to know?
James fights to hold on to memories, which are slowly but surely being stolen from him. Will he make peace with his past before it is too late? Can this happen through telling the story of someone he barely knows?
Will Lorena cope with what she discovers about her family history? Or will it destroy her and her loved ones?
Are you defined by the sins of your forefathers?
A read that is made all the more heartrending on learning that this book was written as a tribute to the author’s own mother’s fortitude and bravery throughout her dementia journey, Dempsey Gray writes as one comfortable in their own skin and with a unique style that will have readers seeking out everything she writes going forward.
A beautiful recounting of the inevitable outcome of a ravaging disease, Refuge in the Land of Silver is destined to find a place in the hearts of all that pick up a copy.
Sadly my Mum had dementia and after she passed away I wrote this story as a tribute to her bravery and also to help others understand that sometimes you just can’t see what is happening right under your nose until it is too late.-Dempsey Gray
Dempsey Gray grew up in Sharjah, UAE and has since lived in Andorra, France and Spain. She and her husband Martin live with their rescued pet terrapin, Terry, who dominates the garden near Chichester, West Sussex.
With a love of travel, particularly Latin America, she takes every opportunity to meet people, enjoy local food, wine, culture and scenery of all new places she travels to. She speaks French and Spanish and is a qualified soft tissue therapist.
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