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Breaking Spirit Bridge Paperback – March 25, 2008
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On the very first page, we begin our journey with Piper as Perkinson drops us right into the thick of things. Perkinson carefully and vividly leads us into the territory of a mind running amuck. "Nestled inside my bony cranium were the ventricles, the tentacles, the veiny channels, the spongy gray rivulets of eggy moist caverns. Ahhh-eggy! They were my caverns and caves of lost and found of stem and root and bark and flesh and of the viscous slick of blood and oil-the center of my bliss, the center of my darkness. This bulbous, gray tumor inside me held tiny loaded guns shooting thoughts like a ra-ta-ta-tah through the filaments, firing a million times a second. It hurt to think because it was like pieces of flint clapping together."
In Breaking Spirit Bridge we are carried into the mind of this young basketball-playing lesbian on a college scholarship.Read more ›
Piper Cliff, the twelve-year-old heroine of Piper's Someday, returns to Virginia at age nineteen on a basketball scholarship. And then she loses her mind.
This is a moving and thought-provoking tale of an ascendence into madness, and a subsequent spiraling back to reality.
Piper's spirit breaks as she tries to cross so many bridges, too many, the bridge betwen her and her lost family, the one between her and her negligent, abusive grandfather, the bridge between this world and the next, where those spirits reside that she needs the most.
It is unsettling to be inside Piper's broken mind; uncomfortable.
It is also enlightening, as well as heartbreaking,to see this young person yearn and search for the place, the intersection, the bridge, that will lead her back to all she has lost, and back to herself.
But it is simply breathtaking to read this author's words. It takes real skill and real love for language to achieve this tone that persists throughout this wonderful book, to maintain that certain pitch. Perkinson is so sure-handed, so easy and free with her writing, that she never once sounds a false note in this, Piper's opera.
Breaking Spirit Bridge is a delight to read. This is one of those books that will be treasured, especially by those whose lives and loved ones have been touched by mental disease.
You wouldn't think that there is much humor in a novel with such a serious, sometimes frightening topic. But there is, and secondary chracters are drawn with so much skill and subtlety that the reader comes to know them and to count on them as much as Piper does.
This book is a rare treat, the perfect blend of craft and care. The author's heart and depth and skill just shine in every sentence.
This is not an easy book to read in the sense that Piper takes the reader on a difficult journey. Bipolarism is an illness that subjects people to extreme highs and lows and trying to live inside their heads is extremely confusing. It is difficult for them to separate reality from fantasy and trying to follow the train of thought requires the reader to focus more intently than many novels. Anyone who is familiar with these characters from the previous book also may find it difficult to cope with what is happening to Piper. The reader wants so much for this young woman to finally have a happy life that to have her suffer so badly can be painful. This can't have been an easy book for Perkinson to write either.Read more ›
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This is not for the faint of heart. I loved Piper's someday and followed with Breaking spirit Bridge. This was a difficult read. Read morePublished on April 23, 2014 by Roocifer
I loved Pipers Someday by Ruth, but this was a much different read for me. I had a hard time following the book at times. It all finally made sense to me at the end. Read morePublished on December 10, 2009 by luvshoes