• by Jessie Close, Pete Earley
  • Narrated by Jessie Close
  • 12 hrs and 2 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Close sisters are descended from very prominent and wealthy ancestors. When the Close sisters were very young, their parents joined a cult called the MRA, or Moral Rearmament. The family was suddenly uprooted to a cult school in Switzerland and, ultimately, to the Belgian Congo where their father became a surgeon in the war-ravaged republic, and ultimately the personal physician to President Mobutu. Shortly after the girls returned to the US for boarding school, Jessie first started to exhibit symptoms of severe bipolar disorder (she would later learn that this ran in the family, a well-kept secret). Jessie embarked on a series of destructive marriages as the condition worsened. Glenn was always by her side throughout. Jessie's mental illness was passed on to her son, Calen. It wasn't until Calen entered McLean's psychiatric hospital that Jessie herself was diagnosed. Fifteen years and twelve years of sobriety later, Jessie is a stable and productive member of society. Glenn continues to be the major support in Jessie's life.
In Resilience, the sisters share their story of triumphing over Jessie's illness. This audiobook is in Jessie's voice with running commentary and an epilogue by Glenn.


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Resilience, Reliance and Family

This book is informative and enlightening. As a medical professional, and a person who has mental heath issues in my family, I found the authors candor helpful in understanding the dynamics in my own family.

Excellent writing and truthfully shared.

Thank you.
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- Tina

must read

everyone needs to read this book!
the story will resonate with every person who has or been witness to mental illness. which is us all ... whether you know it or not
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- Dan Maclellan

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-13-2015
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio