In the 1950s, mental illness was in the closet, a condition rarely discussed beyond immediate family members. A young mother struggles with bipolar disorder, abusing alcohol and prescription drugs before seeking psychiatric help. Their solution: mind-altering shock and insulin treatments.
Her husband, fighting to keep the love of his life, focuses on her recovery, working two jobs to cover the costs of a decade-long cycle of depression. Her son, just entering his teenage years, feeling abandoned and lost in his anger at the disintegration of the family by forces he can't understand, explores the dark side of his character.
There are no winners in this family tragedy, just survivors. The familial strands are stretched and strained, almost to the breaking point.
"The Storm" is a testament to the resilience of families and individuals, not the triumph of modern medicine or the saving grace of a miracle. It is a story of love and responsibility overcoming adversity of the worst sort, of going ahead when the future is most uncertain.
©2013 Michael R Lewis (P)2014 Michael R Lewis
The length . I think Mr Lewis could have discussed the effect that his mother's illness had on him as an adult ad not just his turbulent childhood.
Mr Schroeder did a good job with narration and listening to books allows me to multitask.
Painted a clear picture of the family dynamics of mental illness.
story of hope
The whole story was excellent especially about how the author grew up.
My favorite scene was just before the author went away to college. He was talking with he father about his father's regret. Very well done.
The narrator did an excellent job. His tone and pace easily drew me into the story.
Descriptive , entertaining and informative
I really felt for the author and connected to some of what he experienced as he was growing up
I would use the same sub-title
The author's words had me feeling as though I was there. They were very descriptive and heartfelt. I also enjoyed listening to the lilt of the narrator.
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