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Imagine Me Gone is the work of a virtuoso. Told in the first person from the point of view of the five family members, Haslett brings the characters to life in such a way that one feels that they are witnessing to us, bringing one into their lives, and we are coming to understand the excruciating pain and devastation that mental illness has on a family. I laughed, I cried as well reading Haslett's rendering of these character's anguish, especially the scene at the end of the book when Michael is apologizing to Alec for going back to London and being a bad brother. There were so many well crafted scenes, great dialogue, page after page of piercing insight. Mental illness is pernicious. Hopefully the chemical imbalance can be regulated by pharmaceuticals. Blessed relief. Haslett relates the consequences in a clear and authentic way. The most gifted novel I have read, accurate, showing exactly the face of the monster and how it feels the pain and exhaustion. Better that any memoir or psych book. This is the story of a family in crisis dealing with it the best they can.
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After trying twice with this book, I gave up a few chapters in. The endless narration with no action was so boring.
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