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Write On, Wednesday: Sally Hepworth on her astonishing new novel, THE THINGS WE KEEP, love, memory, and truth in fiction

By Leslie Lindsay THE THINGS WE KEEP is a tenderly written second book from Australian Sally Hepworth. Curl up with a chai tea, a cinnamon bun (and some Kleenex), because this is the kind of story it is: sweet and spicy, gooey and warm, and afterward, you’ll feel like maybe you bit off more than you can chew. It’s a story that won’t easily go away; it lingers.  At the heart of the story is Anna, a 38-year old with early on-set dementia/Alzheimer’s. She hasn’t got long to live. She’s in a comfortable and loving environment called Rosalind House where she’s surrounded by others who are easily twice-three times her age. But there’s someone else there, Young Guy who is also in his thirties and also suffering from memory loss, they forge a friendship that transcends all expectations. Richly layered and detailed with real-life experiences of dementia, Hepworth has done her homework. I truly felt like a fly-on-the-wall as I read THE THINGS WE KEEP. It’s more than a book about dementia, it’s about human …