Missing Steps

Published April 30, 2015

Dean Lajeunesse doesn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps. He’s not yet fifty, but his memory is starting to fail him. He vividly recalls how dementia whittled away at his dad and doesn’t want his own teenaged son, Aidan, to see him suffer the same fate. Of course, he could just be overreacting. Maybe it’s the stress of his on-again-off-again relationship with Valerie, his long-time live-in girlfriend, or the feeling that he’s not measuring up as a father that’s making him absent-minded. But before he can understand what’s happening to him, he’s dragged home to the sickbed of his estranged mother. There, he butts heads with his older brother, Perry, who’s remained loyal to their mother and has succeeded in almost every way that Dean hasn’t. As old family tensions bubble to the surface, Dean must try to hold on to Aidan’s respect as he relives his difficult relationship with his own father.

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Praise for Missing Steps

A powerful and sensitively told story. I didn’t read enough about dementia when I was a carer, but I’ve read a lot since, and I’ve found both fact and fiction a very powerful way to help me make sense of my own journey, and other people’s too. Missing Steps… tackles this difficult subject with sensitivity.”

James Ashwell, Founder of Unforgettable.org

Music to listen to the novel by

Out of the Woods, Justin Rutledge

Things Happen, Dawes

Ain’t That a Kick in the Head, Dean Martin

Come Dance with Me!  Frank Sinatra

Sleep Please Come to Me, Matthew Barber

Gravity, Alison Krauss and Union Station

The Log Driver’s Waltz, Kate and Anna McGarrigle

Forgiveness is Gold, Eric Bibb

Resources

Share The Care: How to Organize a Group to Care for Someone Who Is Seriously Ill by Cappy Capossela and Sheila Warnock

Finding Your Way is a program that offers practical advice on how people with dementia can stay safe while staying active. It shows how to best deal with the risk of going missing.


Many thanks to the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario, for supporting the completion of my second novel through a Writers’ Work in Progress Grant.