Banana Kiss [NOOK Book]


Robin Farber lives in a psychiatric institution. In her mind, she creates the world by looking at it: a quantum theory-world where matter pops in and out of existence as she observes it, a world where she is God. And, because the reader of BANANA KISS must take a long look through her schizophrenic eyes, this is our world, too, a world where the disembodied voices Robin hears are more real than the people who stand in front of her.

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Banana Kiss

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Robin Farber lives in a psychiatric institution. In her mind, she creates the world by looking at it: a quantum theory-world where matter pops in and out of existence as she observes it, a world where she is God. And, because the reader of BANANA KISS must take a long look through her schizophrenic eyes, this is our world, too, a world where the disembodied voices Robin hears are more real than the people who stand in front of her.

Robin's world is populated by a rich variety of people, both real and imaginary. Her father, a sailor who died when she was a baby, shows up in her head whenever he's on leave. Derek, her charming, lovelorn friend, goes from mania to depression and back several times a day. There's her insufferable sister Melissa, who stole her boyfriend, Max. And, of course, there's Dr. Mankiewicz, or "Whitecoat", the long-suffering therapist who, Robin tells us, "thinks there are some things that are real, and some things that are not, and that he knows better than anyone else." Finally, there is Robin herself, whose confused, psychotic, funny, compassionate voice is one you will never forget.
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Editorial Reviews

Quill & Quire - Laurel Smith
`We can deeply empathize with Robin's world. Her unique version of reality is portrayed with so much truth that we begin to understand how it's possible that such a world can make sense in Robin's mind. Even though we shudder to think how agonized that mind is, we can delight in her lively personality, eccentric sense of humour, and quirky take on life.'
Globe and Mail - Stephen Smith
'In Banana Kiss, Bonnie Rozanski coaxes the comedy out of a love affair between a schizophrenic and a manic depressive.'
Globe and Mail - Robert Wiersema
`In her debut novel, Banana Kiss, New Jerseyite Bonnie Rozanski explores the world through -- and behind -- the eyes of Robin Farber, a young woman hospitalized with schizophrenia. It's a harrowing experience, but emotionally immediate, as lucidity blends with delusion, and reality shares space with fantasies and horrors drawn from Robin's dreams and is powerful, compelling storytelling and a unique reading experience.' - Don Blankenship
'My goodness was I taken for a unique trip. Let me state right here that Bonnie Rozanski can write! ...For an excellent and unique read, the reader will have to search far for one that can equal Banana Kiss. There is no doubt in my mind that we will be hearing much, much more from this author over the years to come. There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of those novels that once read, will stick with you for years to come. This is truly a job well done!'
ForeWord - Elizabeth Millard
`Ultimately, Robin is a heartbreaker, because she is so vibrantly written that her isolation and compassionate nature make her psychosis feel real, and elicit sympathy at a much deeper level than would have occurred in a novel that didn't originate from within her fractured mind....Rozanski wisely concentrates instead on making Robin as tangible as possible, and because of this she lingers long after the last page.'
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013185265
  • Publisher: Bonnie Rozanski
  • Publication date: 8/8/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 236
  • File size: 236 KB

Meet the Author

Bonnie is an author and prize-winning playwright currently living in New Jersey. Born in Queens, New York, she has lived in Hong Kong, Canada and all over the US. With degrees in Psychology and Artificial Intelligence, always fascinated by the human mind, Bonnie writes on matters touching on consciousness and the human condition.

BANANA KISS, Bonnie's debut novel, told from the point of view of a young schizophrenic girl, came out to excellent reviews in 2005. To the many who ask whether the author is writing from experience, Bonnie says, "Not at all. BANANA KISS is based entirely on the application of imagination to months of research on schizophrenia and quantum theory." "On the other hand," she adds after a pause, "I did hear Robin's voice."

Her second novel, BORDERLINE, was a YA finalist at the 2007 Foreword Book of the Year, as well as a silver medalist at that year's Independent Publisher Books awards. Bonnie's ebook, SIX CLICKS AWAY, was named a winner in the drama category of the Red Adept Annual Indie Awards in 2010.
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  • Posted October 9, 2009

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    Derek. Derek. Bo-Berrick. Banana-fana-fo Ferek. Mi-my-mo Merrick. Derek

    Having been introduced to the facile writing of Bonnie Rozanski in reading her second novel, the very successful study of autism and other variations of normal called BORDERLINE, picking up BANANA KISS to invest time and thought in Rozanski's meticulous, sensitive ability to explore yet another aspect of the atypical aspect of life at large was at once daunting and exhilarating. Finishing this 'first novel' this reader is left with the conviction that Bonnie Rozanski is a brave and challenging and very gifted writer. Not to frighten away potential readers fearing that such praise may suggest a novelist so off center that she is difficult to read- quite the opposite. The exciting discovery and reinforcement is just how easily Rozanski writes about difficult issues, difficult personalities and is able to inhabit her strange characters so completely that we almost metamorphose into them. By novel's end the fact that the main character and narrator (in BANANA KISS) is a schizophrenic young girl - one Robin Farber - whose chaotic world is reorganized by her own quantum mechanics of her mind that she seems the entirely normal heroine.

    Robin lives in Berkshire, a psychiatric institution where her associates include other atypical characters (Beverly, Roz, Derek) whose illnesses keep them from joining the outside world despite the use of drugs and ongoing therapy by the psychiatrist 'Whitecoat' (Dr. Mankiewicz) whose own life and mind have variations from the norm and who overcomes his role as the 'ugly other' for the patients to gain our complete compassion. The story is relayed completely from the viewpoint (and the very intricately accurate language) of the schizophrenic Robin, and it is through her eyes and voices that we learn about her twisted family, her ex-lover Max now marrying her sister Melissa, her copeless mother and her distant stepfather, the marriage of Max and Melissa, and Robin's liaisons with the manic depressive Derek. From her vantage we gain a unique viewpoint of life on the outside, communal living, institutional living, the use and misuse of pharmacological therapy, finding work as a maladaptive persona, and in general the at times thin line that divides the normal from the paranormal/abnormal personality.

    Rozanski has created a finely drawn cast of characters, demonstrating once again how she is able to climb into these strange people's minds and manner of communication (has she studied the mentally ill population as closely as this book suggests or is she simply that talented a writer?), and at the same time finds that balance between hilarious descriptions of incidents and responses and moments of gentle tenderness and specks of light that gleam like little joys in a dark world. Read this book, read BORDERLINE, and get to know the skill of a very gifted writer. Bonnie Rozanski takes her reader places beyond imagination, and the getting there is thoroughly entertaining.

    Grady Harp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2007

    A mesmerizing story that stays with you

    Robin is the reason I love this book. At first, I found her intensely frustrating. Her desire to be off her medication and allow her condition to take over her thoughts and functions made me angry with her. But then there was a shift. I think it happened when she and Derek escaped and found their way to the Dairy Queen. I found myself pulling for her and hoping that she would find a happier existence, but at the same time being able hold on to a piece of herself that maybe wasn't so healthy, but that was real nonetheless. I was fascinated by the dynamics of her relationships, with her sister and her ex-boyfriend. However, her most significant relationship was with Dr. Mankiewicz, Robin's true champion and quiet hero. If you're interested in being swept away with a story that explores very unique experiences and a mesmerizing frame of mind with a sprinkling of humor, I strongly recommend Banana Kiss.

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