A studio executive leaves his family and travels the world giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he's been forced to hide for 20 years.
"Juliann Garey writes with stark, lucid power about the tumbling journey into madness and the agonizing climb back out."-- Brian Yorkey, book and lyrics for Next to Normal
In her tour-de-force first novel, Juliann Garey takes us inside the restless mind, ravaged heart, and anguished soul of Greyson Todd, a successful Hollywood studio executive who leaves his wife and young daughter and for a decade travels the world giving free reign to the bipolar disorder he's been forced to keep hidden for almost 20 years.
The novel intricately weaves together three timelines: the story of Greyson's travels (Rome, Israel, Santiago, Thailand, Uganda); the progressive unraveling of his own father seen through Greyson's eyes as a child; and the intimacies and estrangements of his marriage. The entire narrative unfolds in the time it takes him to undergo twelve 30-second electroshock treatments in a New York psychiatric ward.
This is a literary page-turner of the first order, and a brilliant inside look at mental illness.
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December 26, 2012
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