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He has done the same here, with his book, Lithium Jesus. In it, Monroe Kane makes use of his innate ability to lead readers right into each setting, regardless of how foreign these might be for us, and hold us there with him— as observers, we are comfortably entertained. We witness him jumping in, swimming around, and grabbing for the line that will pull him out of the quicksand of youth. These aren’t sit-com antics; some of them are very serious and not glossed over, even while day-glo comedic elements churn away in the background. Or is it the foreground?
Ultimately, though, Charles Monroe Kane leads us, though various underlying themes, to how he managed to push in, accept, and relish peace in his life. It has been a winding path for our writer, through the dark and dense forests of misguided faith, drug addle, and mental illness. There is also light: with the love of his beautiful and cherished family to guide him, and the truth/s about life that he chooses along the way, he is able to give us clarity while he actively decides to hold onto it for himself, put his faith there and not elsewhere.
Overall, this book feels like a courageous, agape gift. Charles has opened up his own self and, in a voice plain but not meek, let us understand how mental illness can sometimes be perceived by its owner as a precious bane of sorts, but ultimately one that has to be conscientiously put in a special box in the back of the closet and allowed to gather dust. Lots and lots of dust.
I can relate to that strange nebulous feeling of living a double life (or multiple lives) and never quite knowing who or where you are or what you're supposed to be doing, but always chasing whatever seems like the next big idea, all with a small voice inside asking, "Is this it? Is this enough?"
This book is brutally honest and like the life it describes, at turns beautiful and terrifying. I'm not sure if I'd have the courage to put it all out there the way the author does, but I'm glad he did, because it is a marvelous story.
S.C. Hayden - Author of, "A Knife, a Fork, a Bottle, and a Cork" "Rusty Nails Broken Glass" and "Kill Your Idols"
So what did I learn by spending my precious time reading this book? I learned that taking one's meds is a good thing. I learned using one's self as a human guinea pig has a price to be paid. I've been around such characters. It's an interesting, unique, exhilarating and strange ride, but well worth the scream.