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- Print Length: 197 pages
- Publisher: Lume Books (July 26, 2016)
- Publication Date: July 26, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01J6A4NJS
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- Lending: Enabled
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The Moon is Broken Kindle Edition
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“The Moon is Broken” (1992) is a re-issue classic from Endeavour Press by Eleanor Craig. A story of a mother’s unconditional love for her child, Craig shares her heart rending story of the loss of her oldest daughter Ann, an exceptionally bright and promising student at Brown University that suffered a mental breakdown in her senior year-- Craig, a psychotherapist and teacher, related the terrible dilemma she faced in being able to help the children of others, while failing to help her own.
When Craig and her husband Bill got the call to come for their daughter Ann, they raced to Brown University. Ann would need further mental health care and was admitted to a recommended premier mental health facility for several months. Ann was allegedly receiving the best care available, yet Craig saw minimal improvement.
Ann, stronger after a brief stay after transferring to another mental health program at Yale, contracted a FUO (Fever of Unknown Origin) and was hospitalized. She declined Craig’s offer to recuperate long term in her care at their home in Connecticut. Eventually Craig and Bill would separate and divorce. Bill would relocate to the Virgin Islands. Ann remained in the area only briefly, before deciding to relocate to NYC.
It helped when Craig was remarried Paul in August 1978. The couple combined business with a honeymoon celebration in Seoul, Korea, and blended their large family. With Craig’s busy family and work schedule, she always went to visit Ann when she called. Making several trips to NYC, Craig realized something was amiss with Ann. Ann would visit her home unannounced (sometimes with a gentleman friend) and then disappear back to NYC with months on end with no contact. Eventually Ann would open a popular LGBT nightclub in NYC with a friend that featured a host of female impersonators. This period of Ann’s life would lead her further down the darker path of addiction to hard street drugs.
The grip of addiction is fierce and powerful, despite Craig’s determination to put her daughter’s recovery above everything else, and a large blended family that loved and supported her unconditionally, we know that Ann didn’t make it. Craig’s story is one that needs to be told over and over, reminding us that even in a cycle of recovery and relapse there is still hope as each day begins anew.
*With thanks to Endeavour Press for the direct e-copy for the purpose of review.
This was a tough book for me to read. It’s filled with such open and raw emotion; readers can’t help but be deeply affected by the story. The author holds absolutely nothing back and Ann’s story is a difficult one. She came across to me as a charming girl who had difficulty coping and turned to drugs – something that unfortunately all too often happens with
teens and adolescents. One thing I would have liked - I wanted more clarity on Ann’s mental illness. Was there a diagnosis? I didn’t see one mentioned if there was.
For anyone who may be quick to say that a bit of tough love would have been the answer I would say that no one knows exactly what they’d do until they’re placed in that awful situation. Drug addiction is like any other sickness and most mothers would do anything to see their child get better.
The author is an intelligent and compelling writer. I enjoyed her writing style. Although the book deals with some serious subjects, Ms. Craig adds some bright and even funny moments along the way. The ending of The Moon is Broken is beautiful, yet undeniably painful. Be sure to have some tissues handy. I highly recommend reading it!
I'm glad also, as one struggling with the addiction of a loved one, that Eleanor found strength in Al-Anon. It's been a blessing to me.
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I find this book very worth reading if you keep in mind that it's not the whole truth.