This was an interesting book about how mental illness affects a family. I liked how Sally's parents struggled to understand what's happening.
This book was written by the author documenting his experience of living with his daughter who has a mental illness. This book was not bogged down by the many tiny details of every day life nor the long-winded thoughts and feelings of the author as he reflected about his situation; something which a lot of memoirs and autobiographies seem to have (which i detest). Rather, this book was a joy to read. The language was easy, the author straight to the point.
This book is not focused entirely on psychosis; it merely offers a brief glimpse of what it is like. I appreciate how the author drops meaningful one-liners without over-elaborating, forcing readers to ponder about what he is implying.
I was rather surprised myself at how fast i got through the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a different kind of read - something not too frivolous nor too dry and serious....Continua
In the summer of 1996 the author’s fifteen year old daughter, Sally, experiences a major psychotic episode and he makes the hard decision to hospitalize her. While Sally is struggling through her psychosis in the hospital her whole family comes together to deal with the questions of why this happened and where to go from here. Just bringing her home is not the end of the line however, as there are still issues with stabilizing drug levels, getting Sally to the point where she can return to school, and the threat of a potential relapse.
This gritty memoir chronicles that single episode from onset to remission and the effect it had not only on Sally but on all those who are close to her. The fact that this is a work of non-fiction brings a real sense of poignancy to the narrative that is usually missing from similar fictional renderings, particularly as Sally begins to emerge from her episode and becomes acutely aware of how her mid-psychosis actions might have been viewed by her friends and neighbors.