A fictional representation of life with mental illness
Multi-volume, multi-genre author, Roberta Glacken, introduces us to her recent fictional story about mental illness in “The Fruitcake Factory”:
Follow the lives of several mentally ill patients in a psychiatric facility and what life holds for them in the outside world. 100% of all proceeds will go to Mental Health charities. I just want to spread awareness and stop the stigma.
Mental illness knows no boundaries and is not a respecter of persons at any level. Mental illness manifests in so many different ways and intensities, that nearly any person could be diagnosed as mentally ill, even for a short period of time. I have known many people who are or have been mentally ill. Some recover and some don’t.
I think this book does a good job of showcasing the struggles mentally ill people endure, some internal and some external. This book is quite funny at times. Without denigrating anyone, those trying to help frequently have their own struggles that can get in the way of delivering true aid.
I like the upbeat ending, showing success for a couple of people even as they mourn the untimely defeat of another.
The real genius is in the dialogues, the interactions with everyone in and out of the institution. I give “The Fruitcake Factory” 4.5 stars, the score would have been higher except for the handful of spelling errors I found.
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Tags: psychology fiction, biographical fiction, mental health
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