Unsung is a riveting, emotional memoir not for the weak of heart but for all who have wished for hearts capable of enduring in spite of loss. Unsung is about a mother and daughters battle to cope with schizophrenia, a disabling mental illness thatMoreUnsung is a riveting, emotional memoir not for the weak of heart but for all who have wished for hearts capable of enduring in spite of loss.
Unsung is about a mother and daughters battle to cope with schizophrenia, a disabling mental illness that resists treatment and affects the lives of everyone close to those living with it. Unsung cuts scalpel-like to the rotten core of our current mental health care system, exposing pharmaceutical companies, mental health care centers, and psychiatrists for the often unconscionable role they play in doing everything but healing those who are mentally ill. It is a memoir in which the truth is unbelievable.
And the unbelievable is true. Fired with a mothers fury and passion. Laced with love and laughter. Irreverently reverent about everything from affairs of the garbage industry to Zen, rich with one-of-a-kind friendships, it is one womans journey to heal her daughter and to find herself. The journey is both heartbreaking and heartwarming. There is romance so strong some readers will buy the book simply to read and reread Haleys passionate encounters with Jake Welch-a German Italian bad boy and full-time mechanic, twelve years her junior.
But there is more than one love story in these pages, along with many surprises. The memoir takes its readers through cross country moves, an eviction, a car wreck, hurricanes, a near drowning, the loss of two jobs, loss of credit, an audition for a reality t.v. show, suicides. Women of all ages will read Unsung because it will take them from the place they are and the things they have feared to who they can be. Men will read Unsung for a thoughtful, funny womans take on who they are and who they arent. Those living with mental illness will read Unsung to learn and to grieve and to find hope.
Those who love action and suspense, thrill seekers, will read Unsung for an unbelievably believable adventure. Romantics will read Unsung for its unusual love story. Those who love true stories will read Unsung to connect with a mothers real experience with her childs illness. Unsung is both timely, with our newfound awareness and appreciation of the fact women do blossom as they age, and topical, since most of our lives are affected in one way or another by mental illness. But it is much more than that. With its honest, often funny, always courageously tender human voice, Unsung is a memoir that urges its readers to hitch hike through stars, to fly through water, to swim the earth, to dive down deep enough to find themselves.