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This is a phenomenal read and well researched by a father who nearly looses both of his sons to Mental illness within the context of the eternally broken and inadequate American healthcare system. This book is one of the most informative well researched books to discuss Schizophrenia, Pharmeceutical development, lawsuits, the creative mind and musically gifted traits and is at once academic and tenderhearted. This book is unlikely to be selected as a book club read for it's supposed morose or uninviting / stigmatized content. However Ron Powers is a truly unique writer, individual, and spirit bringing healing to us all through his powerful story and research. Including real essays written by his sons, historic scenarios, and the vulnerability only a loving father can possess. This book is a balm for any parent who has outlived their child. Ron Powers shoulders the complex burden of narrating his sons life; and debunking the pharmaceutical industry as remotely health conscious not profit driven.
Most of all he has created a seminal work on a taboo topic; just shy of inventing a new genre.
Ron Powers is a phenomenal writer and this is his Opus; don't miss it.
It's time to begin the healing journey; for yourself and for others.
Trigger Warning: If you are at risk of Suicide or sensitive about the topic please do not read this alone. Please inform a loved one, friend, or healthcare professional close to you so they can support positive processing.
Reviewed by Ellen E on Sep 18, 2020
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