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Manic Kingdom Paperback – June 21, 2017
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However Lincoln was famously taciturn as a paucity of words would do just fine. On reflection and perhaps aided by some wisdom brought by the aging process, I've come to believe it is true, all men are biologically born equal; the gifted often have some unique crosses to bear, the fortunate grounded ones who were short changed a bit intellectually may have compensating (or even extra) industriousness to even out the bargain.
When you see genius, you can be sure there's some countervailing challenge lurking behind bright eyes.
A true measure of a person is how he or she learns to exploit strengths and dampen or drop weaknesses. That in my view is what Lincoln was getting at.
Why all the Lincoln allegory? Because this is a spellbinding semi-biographical story of a naive gifted protagonist who discovers the real world and learns her vulnerabilities and weak spots along the way. She responds quickly to some situations, others come too slowly to avoid trouble. But above all, she persists and perseveres. A friend and colleague similarly freighted with talent (created equal) spirals down the rat hole as he couldn't manage his demons.
Overarching the whole novel is a manifestly endearing Larry David-like humor and adroit ability to see and identify the curious disconnects. (which are funny when excised and shown to us) that life throws in our paths.
She emerges however, the way I suspect Lincoln would have hoped, stronger and happier, more decisive, strengthened by the repairs and trim tabs necessary to drop the baggage and let the pure gifts shine through.
This is an entertaining read and the author is a true talent who must also be a very fun friend and family member.
The subject matter is relevant to our time...it is an example of how extreme stressors in life can change a person, and how those stressors can effect each person exposed differently. Through the book you see different coping mechanisms and how they succeed/fail, and how mental health is a larger piece of our day to day than many people realize. This isn't simply a story about medical students...it is also about adventure, taking chances, and listening to your gut in different kinds of situations. It is also about how your past serves you in your future, and how taking a break, when you are about to break, can make all the difference.
I Erin keeps writing as she has a gift.