Thursday, June 2, 2011
Ghellow Road A Review
Ghellow Road by T. H. Waters
Genre: Adult Fiction
Publisher: Verefor Publishing Co. LLC
Source: Sent from Author
Ghellow Road is a literary diary of a young girl's journey through the tangled labyrinth that is her life. Theresa's story begins in a large midwestern city where she is born to loving parents in 1965. For a brief moment in time, her life is full, as is her heart, and the world is hers to receive without consequence. As time passes and Theresa grows, supernatural forces begin to shape her existence, no matter how carefully her father colors the empty spaces of her world. After a series of tragic events, Theresa and her family seek refuge in a small Minnesota town nestled near the shores of Rainy Lake. She creates a new life for herself there, sharing adventures with friends and riding the ups and downs of adolescence. Yet through it all, her mother remains forever lost in the prison of her own mind and forever lost to Theresa. The young girl feels as though she is leading a double life, one that no one else could possibly understand. She begins to peer at the world as if looking through a thick, black veil, never certain which pieces are illusion and which are not. Through the kindness and support of the townspeople, She eventually summons the strength to survive. This is a story of tragedy and triumph. This is the story of my life.
This was a tough book to read and it’s a little tough to review. This is a fictionalized version of the author’s life and it is tragic, but also hopeful.
If you’ve ever wondered what it like to live with a schizophrenic, then read this book and you’ll have a better understanding of how a mental illness of any kind affects everyone involved.
Theresa is a normal girl living in a small town, but doesn’t understand why her mom acts the way she does and why she has to go the hospital a lot. As she gets older and starts to notice how her mother doesn’t respond to her sometimes or gets angry with her or talks to the voices only she can hear she realizes that she has to take care of herself.
I struggled with this book, but I’m glad I stuck with it because it’s a book everyone should read. Mental illness is real and it not only affects the person who is ill, but their whole family.
Thanks to T.H. Waters for sending me a copy of her book. To learn more about the author visit http://www.verefor.com/.