Saturday, July 16, 2011

Ghellow Road by: T.H. Waters Review

Description via Goodreads:

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.

My Review: 

This book was definitely different you follow the story of Theresa as she battles with her ill mother who suffers from schizophrenia which seems to really make it hard to be a good mom, her father who bears the weight of the world, dealing with the kids Mikie and Theresa, and his sick of wife.  When he can't bear it anymore he commits the unthinkable.  The kids get up rooted to their mother's parents house, Mikie finally has enough and finds himself shunned out of the house to live with someone else.  While Theresa gets passed around like Candy to whoever will care for her.  Theresa spends much of her time raising herself, she also learns that people don't treat her the best work wise due to her mother talking to invisible people.  This book was raw and great way to learn how damaging mental illness can be. 
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