72 Hour Hold

  • by Bebe Moore Campbell
  • Narrated by Petronia Paley
  • 4 hrs and 49 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In this novel of family and redemption, a mother struggles to save her 18-year-old daughter from the devastating consequences of mental illness by forcing her to deal with her bipolar disorder. New York Times best-selling author Bebe Moore Campbell draws on her own powerful emotions and African-American roots, showcasing her best writing yet.Trina suffers from bipolar disorder, making her paranoid, wild, and violent. Watching her child turn into a bizarre stranger, Keri searches for assistance through normal channels. She quickly learns that a 72 hour hold is the only help you can get when an adult child starts to spiral out of control. After three days, Trina can sign herself out of any program.
Fed up with the bureaucracy of the mental health community and determined to save her daughter by any means necessary, Keri signs on for an illegal intervention. The Program is a group of radicals who eschew the psychiatric system and model themselves after the Underground Railroad. When Keri puts her daughter's fate in their hands, she begins a journey that has her calling on the spirit of Harriet Tubman for courage. In the upheaval that follows, she is forced to confront a past that refuses to stay buried, even as she battles to secure a future for her child.
Bebe Moore Campbell's moving story is for anyone who has ever faced insurmountable obstacles and prayed for a happy ending, only to discover she'd have to reach deep within herself to fight for it.


What the Critics Say

"Powerful....Moore Campbell is terrific at describing the different emotional gradations produced by each new circle of hell." (Publishers Weekly)
"Campbell is masterful at evoking black Los Angeles and creating strong characters. She bravely confronts a taboo issue in the black community, presenting the anguishing issues of mental illness from the perspective of a resilient and determined mother." (Booklist)


See More Like This

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

The ups and downs of mental illness

This story placed me beside Carrie Whitmore on her emotional roller coaster ride. I don't have any personal experience loving or mothering a person with mental illness (yet) but this was reminiscent enough of living through any child's teenage/young adult years.

I rated 4 instead of 5 because the narrator's pitch got annoying from time to time, and the writing is more telling then describing which I prefer.
Read full review

- R

72 Hour Hold

The book was ok. I am glad that I listened to the book instead of actually reading. Very slow start and a little drawn out.
Read full review

- Kristina

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-24-2005
  • Publisher: Random House Audio