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Finalist in the Santa Fe Writer's Project Literary Awards, Eric Hoffer First Horizon Awards, Reader's Favorite Awards and Indie Excellence Awards


Praise for Come Back Early Today

“In the world of Alzheimer’s memoirs, a rarity–not, strictly speaking, a “happy ending,” but a different tale from the usual bleak, grinding, downward spiral into unalloyed misery. Edward Theodoru, magnificent Roumanian gentleman, scholar, adventurer and lover extraordinaire, not quite like anyone else you’ve ever known, did life his way. And when Alzheimer’s came along, he did it his way, too. Marie Marley tells the epic story of their decades-long association–which itself defies description–with humor, honesty, detail, and great love.”
– Eleanor Cooney, Author of Death in Slow Motion: A Memoir of a Daughter, Her Mother, and the Beast Called Alzheimer’s

“Here’s a memoir that lights up dementia with humor, with compassion, with a loving eye. The story is inherently fascinating: how a woman starts a romance with a man 38 years older, how they become the deepest friends, and how she looks after him when, in his nineties, Alzheimer’s overwhelms him. It’s not an easy story—but like a gathering storm, you can’t look away from it. Marley has written a powerful, detailed, often lyrical book about love, and where it leads us.”
– John Thorndike, Author of The Last of His Mind: A Year in the Shadow of Alzheimer’s

Come Back Early Today . . . reads like a novel as the author tells the story of her life, the life of her once lover, and their thirty years of life together as best friends. Marley uses a lot of dialogue which makes the reading easy and exciting and often humorous and entertaining despite the devastation of the disease. Marley also uses suspense in her writing which keeps the reader always wanting to know what happens next in Come Back Early Today.”
– Lela Shanks, Author of Your Name Is Hughes Hannibal Shanks.

“A unique Alzheimer’s story, passionately told. Vivid scenes of the chaos dementia brings. Then we see this transformed, and concluded with insight and grace.”
– Ann Davidson, author of Alzheimer’s: A Love Story and A Curious Kind of Widow

“Marie writes so poignantly of caregiving for her soulmate and life partner, Ed. Despite his cognitive and functional decline, Marie was able to maintain the essence of her beloved friend…Her story is a lesson for all who take on the caregiving role.”
– Clarissa Rentz, APRN, Executive Director, Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Cincinnati

“I could feel the pain and the joy. I laughed and cried reading this book, which clearly expresses the pain and torment a loved one goes through as they lose someone they love to Alzheimer’s disease. This book captures the subtle, daily disease progression all too often missed, ignored, or misinterpreted by families. Marie shares the experience of making the decision and moving a loved one to a facility in a real and loving way. Her story will allow families to learn from the experience of another-what does and does not matter to a person with dementia.”
– Susan Gilster, PhD, Executive Director, Alois Alzheimer Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

“I had the privilege of knowing Dr. Marley while she was caring for Ed. Even after his death, her resilience and humor have continued and she is open to the lessons he taught her. I feel grateful that she has shared her story, which will inspire other caregivers and helping professionals to also be open to learning from individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.”
– Irene Moore, MSW, Chair, American Geriatric Society Social Work Section

“This memoir is admirable – a wonderful story, so beautifully written and so alive with Marie’s love for Ed and his for her. Reading this book on the fading of life in one so close resonated with me deeply. So many of Marie’s personal qualities emerged as she provided unstinting care for Ed based on the long love she describes that continued to the end and beyond, and which not even dementia could extinguish.”
– Robert Smith, MD, Professor Emeritus and Founder, Department of Family Medicine, University of Cincinnati