'I'm going to try to set this down faithfully, exactly as she told it to me, without concern about whether her memory is accurate, or if the dangly earring he wore to the fire circle should symbolise mental illness or a mysical connection to unseen forces that shift beneath our world.' This astounding novel traces the events in a family marred by physical and mental illness against the backdrop of contemporary Californa society. Patria Fergusson pulls no punches in describing the dark side of the California's place in the American Dream Jo Kastenis a forty-five year old woman, mother of three, wife of one. Her story is an odyssey through cancer and through the estrangement of her gifted, but mentally-ill teeneage son. As she battles these forces she encounters a society of other lost souls desperately trying to find something solid to believe in and to hold on to. Powerfully written, this novel will appeal to a wide audience in addition to those who have had cancer and those unsung parents who struggle with a child's mental illness.
Used availability for Patricia Fergusson's Our Own Flesh & Blood
August 2011 : UK Paperback