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What could Joan Childs have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
I bought this book thinking it was about Bipolar Disorder. However, the entire book was a memoir about the mother, her love of all five of her children, her marriages, etc. The Bipolar Disorder of her first daughter was mentioned, but was not the focus of the book. It was more of a rambling recollection of a mother who needed to grieve the loss of her daughter. So much of the book was about the mother and her life, that most of the time I was bored listening to it. I had thought I was going to get a more in depth look at her daughter's life, her disease, and how it took her life. I really didn't want to read about her silly superstitions and her ideas 'that everything happens for a reason'. Blah.
I narrator didn't help the book in the least. Her reading was flat and monotone. She read the book like she was bored with the subject. Maybe she was.
Regardless, I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. It is boring, depressing and a bit silly. I never felt any connection to the mother or her children. I wanted to, but I couldn't. I was just glad when the book was over.
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