Say Say Say

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When Ella begins working as a caretaker for Bryn’s wife Jill, she knows instantly that she’ll like the couple. Jill is in a brisk decline from an accident, behaving like an Alzheimer’s patient although, at sixty, she’s still relatively young. Unable to speak coherently, Jill spends her days in anguished, anxious motion, while heartbroken Bryn struggles to adjust to his new reality. As Ella cares for Jill, she and Bryn form a warm but awkward friendship, and Ella, whose partner is a woman, unexpectedly finds herself admiring his handsome masculinity. Ella yearns to provide a redemptive kind of assistance for Jill and Bryn, even as she chafes against tasks that she sees as outside of her role. Filled with as much genuine kindness as she is with reticence and remorse, Ella finds that her time with Jill and Bryn has uncovered parts of herself she might never otherwise have glimpsed.

Say Say Say is a moving and poignant study of a young woman struggling to maintain balance and healthy distance in a job that threatens every day to consume her entirely—and confronting the possibility that maybe, just maybe, she should occasionally allow her deeply empathetic soul to call the shots.


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Author Lila Savage
Star Count 4/5
Format Hard
Page Count 176 pages
Publisher Knopf
Publish Date 2019-07-09
ISBN 9780525655923
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Issue November 2019
Category Popular Fiction
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