Hello, dear readers. This week is going to have a bit of a theme—not because I consciously planned it that way, but because my reading did. And if my reading had cooperated (all right, if my discipline about writing reviews had cooperated) these reviews would have coincided last month with Mental Health Awareness month. Instead, they’re here now, which is all right because mental health awareness is not a topic that should be confined to one month. At the same time, I’m not qualified to lead a discussion on the subject in a book blog. I’m only here because in a weird twist of reading synchronicity I read three books in a row that dealt with mental health and each was so strong, so powerful, that I knew I wanted to review them in context with each other.
That said, none of these books were comfortable reading nor even similar in subject. Two are fiction: Imagine Me Gone and Dear Fang, With Love and one is a memoir: The Time in Between and in all three the characters involved are endearing and frightening—and possibly, recognizable because the odds are we’ve all been touched in our lives by issues of mental health. In all three cases the authors are to be commended—in fiction, for putting such complexity on the page and making it achingly real and in the memoir, for having the courage to tell her story even though it is one that is still largely misunderstood.
I’ll be back tomorrow with a review of Imagine Me Gone, but until then I’m curious:
There is a lot of fiction out there, especially thrillers, that makes use of unbalanced (‘crazy’) characters, but do you have any novels you’d recommend that offer characters who deal with realistic emotional and/or mental issues? For such a prevalent issue it feels as if it’s not well represented in fiction.