Campbell's book is beautifully written and almost painfully evocative of the suffering felt by parents coping with a mentally ill child. It is also wonderfully narrated by Pamela D'Pella.
The novel perfectly narrated the struggles of dealing with a serious mental illness. As someone whose family member suffers from Bipolar Disorder, the words perfectly echo what my family has gone through over the past decade. The characters are lively, the settings have a personality of their own, and the narrator perfectly voices the characters. I took up this novel as part of a class project for a Community Mental Health course, and I am thankfully for learning about this book.
Bebe Moore Campbell is one of my favorite authors so I grabbed this one. As someone who's dealt with a loved one who is mentally ill, I related to a lot of the elements. The story though seemed a bit slow but it wasn't stagnated completely. The biggest complaint is about the performance. The reader seemed unable to portray other characters than the main one with anything other than cartoon voices. I found it hard to feel for those characters because I was so put off by the performance. Really did the story an injustice.
I live in CA where the traffic is a nightmare. It could take 90 mins to get to my location when it should have only taken 25 mins. Audible!
Loved it. I cried, I laughed, I was captivated from beginning to the end. I have a child that is bipolar and could relate. I was moved. I highly recommend this book it will not dissappoint.
This book is very enlightening and the best keep secret in the African American community. There is so much mental illness in our families, communities and generations that we swept under the rug and still today do not know understand why a family member behaves the way they do. This book shed some light on what needs to be done and the hard choices that need to be made..
Hopeful, heartbreaking, enlightening
This is my first exposure to this narrator. She did quite well for most of it, but occasionally had odd pauses and inflection.
Definitely. This book would make a great drama pic!
This book was informative even as it broke my heart. The hell that Keri and the many others in her world go through while wrestling with their children not being who they hoped.
I could feel the frustration that Keri dealt with during Trina's spiral into mental illness, culminating in desperate measures to try and get her help. It was like a little piece of hell, but not without hope. I enjoyed Bebe Moore Campbell's gift of language, and her accessible way of writing that reached out not only to people of colour, but to a white Canadian with no experience with mental illness (knock on wood).
It is not a light read by any means, but well worth your time and credit.
This book ranks at the tops of the audiobooks that I've listened to thus far.
When the daughter finally got some balance in her recovery.
She is a great narrator, and I would imagine a great actor.
Hmmm.... It would have to be something relative to "Struggling for the love of my child."
It you don't like...change it!
Never knew it was this difficult to get help for someone with mental illness.
Yes, it would great to know what happen to the characters. If their lives ever got back to normal, how things change now the mother was back in the picture.....