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Beth is anguished by her sister Ellen's mental illness and eager to offer her love and support, but when her role in her sister's life compromises her relationship with her husband and son, she must make difficult decisions
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The pain and anger felt by a whole family when one of its members is mentally ill is the subject of this beautifully written first novel. Beth, Ellen, and Peggy are sisters who share a cozy, tight-knit, middle-class childhood full of happy memories. But as adults, Ellen, the youngest, falls victim to mental illness, and coping with this consumes the entire family, especially middle sister Beth. The story unfolds as Beth's and Ellen's viewpoints, thoughts, and experiences alternate chapter by chapter. There are no reasons given for Ellen's deterioration, no philosophizing about mental illness, just a true, real, intense evocation of the anguish and confusion felt by a person suffering from mental illness and the helplessness, anger, and pain of the loved ones trying to help her. A moving and compelling experience. Highly recommended.
- Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Cty. Lib., Seaside, Cal.
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Book Description Dutton, 1989. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0525247661