Friday, October 13, 2017 @ 10:30 am – 11:45 am

Johnson Center, Meeting Room F, George Mason University
4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030

Marita Golden with Sonja Yoerg’s,  novelist of All the Best People celebrates the search for identity and grace in the most ordinary of lives. A Vermont native, Yoerg sets the novel in her home state in the 1970s, where Carole LaPorte has a so-called ordinary life but fears ending up just like her mother – locked in a mental institution. The Wide Circumference of Love by Marita Golden is a moving African American family drama of love and devotion in the face of Alzheimer’s disease. As her husband’s memory wavers and fades, Diane Tate and her children must reexamine their connection to who Gregory once was before early onset Alzheimer’s— and learn to love the man he has become.

Tuesday, October 17th @ 7:00 PM

Frank Islam Athenaeum Symposia speaker series at Montgomery College
Germantown, HT Building, Globe Hall

What do you do when your spouse of many years has Alzheimer’s? What happens to your marriage, your family, your own sense of self as the disease robs your loved one of his or hers? Marita Golden, the critically acclaimed author of over ten books as well as anthologies, took on those questions as she began the research for The Wide Circumference of Love. What she uncovered were both the hard numbers that will impact us all and the intuitive truths about what it means to love through this challenging disease. In the end, the novel is a meditation on love and an unflinching look at the ways in which identity, happiness, and the future are reforged in the wake of a single diagnosis.