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01 August 2005 @ 11:16 pm
Hey everyone. I think this is my first post, so *waves*.

I just finished 72 Hour Hold by Bebe Moore Campbell. It's about a mother's struggle to get help for her bipolar daughter and how difficult it is because her daughter is 18 and therefore can refuse treatment and/or keep her parents from getting any information about her condition. It's about the lengths the mother goes to to save her daughter, and it's about her refusal to really accept her daughter's mental illness and what it means for both of their lives. This is my favorite passage from the book, which I'd recommend to anyone but especially to anyone who has either struggled with or loved someone who struggled with a mental illness or addiction:

"Maybe, after the devastation, what you're supposed to do is rebuild the space in your mind that's been blown away, but never fool yourself into thinking that it's stronger, that you've erected some impenetrable fortress that won't be hit again and again and again. Things fall down, people too. Crazy men wander the land, crashing and crumbling, and nobody gets warning. There is always another swamp to cross. Passangers are both lost and found. Ol' Harriet learned that the hard way, the first time she retraced her path, erased her scent, outwitted the dogs, and followed the only star that lit the way, only to discover that when she got where she was going, new hounds were waiting. But there was that cool space on the bank of the murky water where she lay on fragrant moss, undisturbed for hours, and there was no barking, no sound of twigs snapping. A breather."

C.A.T.D.O.T.E.L.: children of the brain (books)wickedsin on July 29th, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)
Beautiful passage, and thank you for posting!