Description: This is a candid account of a daughter's mental illness told by her father, Robert Hines, a university professor.
Purpose: The book seeks to share the story of the Hines family and how they battled mental illness as it entered their lives. The survival of the family and the relationship between this particular father and daughter is the heart of the story.
Audience: It has a wide audience: students, practitioners, and educators would all benefit from this book, but it is most likely to be appreciated by the lay readers, those with similar heartbreak who seek inspiration. The author's story is difficult to tell and no one else could have presented this story as personally as he did.
Features: The story is heartbreaking at times, as the family struggles to understand and cope with their daughter's difficulties and bizarre behaviors. Getting proper diagnoses and treatments are frustrating for them, and others with similar experiences are sure to feel these words jumping off the pages at them.
Assessment: This well written book shows the courage of the author as he candidly shares his painful experiences and explores his own shortcomings in handling a highly difficult disorder in his only child. Other family memoirs are available for the interested reader with similar backgrounds, such as Berger's We Heard the Angels of Madness (Harper, 1992) and Danielle Steel's tribute to her late son, His Bright Light (Delta, 2000). The Hines family story is a well written addition to this collection.