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Although we had family counseling, and the children were most successful in their academic careers, many of their fears and sufferings were never shared and continue to this day to affect their adult memory of their individual childhood experiences.
Last week, their mother told me for the first time in thirty years, what a fine father I had been to them and how sorry she was that she had caused us such trials. It was as if the clouds parted and the sun shone brilliantly through. Certainly, Ms. Bartok's memoire retold a similar revelation. There is hope and her own life and guilty feelings are not the conclusion. It is so helpful for those of us dealing with loved ones suffering from mental illness to hear Mira's story.
This is the second volume of anguish to come my way out of Cleveland, my home town, this year. The first was a marvel, from Jill Bialosky, History of a suicide: my sister's unfinished life.
That one came with the wallop of an atomic bomb. But it didn't prepare me for the hydrogen bomb follow-up (atomic bombs are merely the trigger for the 24x more powerful H-bomb) that came my way by an innocuous-seeming mention in the high school class newsletter of The Memory Palace by one Myra Bartok. What an innocent title, but the subject beckoned: a schizophrenic mother. Another author from my high school, I'll give it a look.
I started reading, and stopped breathing: Myra Bartok (a name she chose for herself taken from the famous Hungarian composer) and/or her writing is : Unrelenting, menacing, powerful, astonishing, raw, heartbreaking. Bialosky had stood me up with the left hand, and Bartok finished the fight with a right cross. Out cold.
Bialosky hailed from Shaker Heights, the tony east side suburb that proletarian west siders like us may never even see after a lifetime in Cleveland (though I left town at 17). Turns out Ms. Bartok grew up a mere four blocks from my house. I knew every reference to the local schools, and landmarks, first-hand, back-of-my-hand.
I finished the book, but still I wonder: how she could even function, let alone write a NY Times bestseller after her abusive childhood, abusive from every quarter, grandfather, grandmother, classmates, but especially her schizophrenic mother. It simply astonishes.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Deep reading which disturbs somewhat by its frolic and art. Tough subject. A woman struggles to come to terms with the mother she abandoned - the mother's words repeat throughout... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a memoir of a woman's struggle with her mother's mental illness and how it affected her and her family. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Nancy A
Mental illness fascinates me. I'm not sure if it's because I am interested in the human mind or if it's because it shows me that, compared to a person with a mental illness, I am... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Julee Rudolf
I loved the way this book was written, she keeps you wanting more.Published 3 months ago by Joyce C. Murphy
Very astounding portrayal schizophrenia and the accompanying guilt and helplessness that families deal with. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Kindle Customer
Mira Bartok’s memoir is a story of her relationship with her schizophrenic mother, Norma. In her prologue, Bartok sets the stakes: she gives the hypothetical situation of a... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Raymond M. Wong