Clea Simon | Mad House

Mad House
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What they're saying about Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings

"An evocative, sensitive, and beautifully crafted memoir by a journalist whose older sister and brother each suffered from schizophrenia; the brother ultimately committed suicide. ... Simon does so many things well. She clearly explains the two major psychoses (schizophrenia and bipolar, or manic-depressive, disorder), as well as related psychological concepts. She also provides a short, useful reading list and succinctly explores some important economic factors influencing the care of the mentally ill. ... Absorbing and moving - must reading for siblings of the mentally ill, members of their immediate and extended families, their friends, and all who work with them." - Kirkus Reviews

"A strong, fascinating work." - Boston Phoenix

"A moving memoir ...The cycles of hope and despair are portrayed with the harrowing precision of Dante." - Boston Globe