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A major bummer, Agnes Blatt is dead.
Immediately after being struck by a car, she finds herself on a conveyor belt in the Fourth Bardo. There she joins forces with Jerry, her high school crush, and Patsy, an adorable dog who lived on her street.
The three dead souls travel together through all of the afterlife, battling demons, warding off ill-intentioned angels, and defending their three-souled union to everyone they meet.
When Agnes finds a knife that can cut through illusions, the trio hack their way through the wilderness of the afterlife, tumbling from one adventure to another.
They moved me from their prison to a simulated hospital.
I can leave any time, but they won't let me.
If I don't escape, they'll keep me here forever. If I use the telephone, the phone company will sell my innermost secrets to the government. If I take the medicine they give me, my brain will be replaced with cotton.
So yeah. I'm crazy.
Ethan befriends Michael G. Page, a complex character suffering from a much milder case of mental illness. Michael helps Ethan regain his sense of self and personal freedom that he lost in the hospital.
Half takes place in a very real location - Conard House, a Victorian Mansion in Pacific Heights converted into a halfway house for mental patients. The house, perched high atop the hill above Cow Hollow, provides an ironic contrast to the fate of the clients who live there. For many, this will be the only mansion they will ever call home.
There are setbacks. Ethan suffers from occasional relapses of paranoia, hallucinations and medical mismanagement. Despite these obstacles, he plans to escape to Mexico with his new crush, Chance.
The novel showcases San Francisco at the end of the 1980's. It was a period of upheavals everywhere - the Berlin Wall fell; San Francisco shook, and Microsoft took over the world. It was the last days of analog, when phone booths were more common than cell phones, snail mail and typewriters were still favored over word processors. A Quarter describes a San Francisco that vanished.
7th Avenue South is a highly-demanded prequel to the 4-book Psychotic Break Series which documents Ethan’s struggles with drugs, psychosis and hospitalization. 7th Ave South lays the foundation and gives context to the circumstances that lead six months later to Ethan’s 5150 transfer to the mental hospital from jail.
During the 1988 financial crisis in Mexico, even a mentally ill, homeless American could live like a king. In this third installment, Ethan escapes the confines of the Mental Health system on his journey to Mexico. Along the way, he encounters shamans, witches, martial artists and one dashingly handsome psychic rich kid with a penchant for causing trouble. Each encounter changes the picaresque Ethan as he winds his way deep into the heart of this magical nation.