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In Swallow the Ocean, Laura M. Flynn describes what it was like when, as a child, her world fell apart. Her confident, beautiful mother was overcome by paranoid schizophrenia.
“I lived in her world, and even if none of this was real to other people, the consequences were real to me.”
While there are a lot of mental illness memoirs out there, Flynn’s stands out for her seamless writing, her evocative remembrance of Seventies San Francisco, and her ability to make clear the childhood logistics of having an unstable caregiver.
Narrated by Julie McKay who has a really nice emotive range, and sympathy for the nuances of the narrators emotions.
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I enjoyed the author's re-telling of the stories she created with dolls as a child paralleling her confusing and chaotic world as a child. As a psychotherapist, I search out stories that better help me understand diagnoses from a humanistic perspective: a way for me to understand better what my clients or family of clients might be feeling regarding mental illness. It also helps me give insight to clients who may be going through simile situations which has proven to be very therapeutic. Thank you for sharing this heart-felt story about your love for your mother.
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WIthout telling you how you should feel, or interpret her memories on paper, you get a very good insight into the way it is growing up around this illness.
Have read a number of such books, but have always found the adult looking back too navel gazy and retrospective. This is a recollection fo experiences, that is raw and honest.
Great book, especially if you yourself have experience something similar.