Reis's Pieces: Love, Loss, and Schizophrenia [NOOK Book]

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Professor Reis Welling's life is idyllic. A respected professor of botany at Cornell, he's been granted early tenure, has received a grant to carry out field research in the Adirondack Forest, and has met Ellen, the love of his life. Everything is perfect—that is until the forest turns its back on him, department heads start spying on him, Ellen starts lying to him, and all start transmitting thoughts into his head. Herein lies Reis's slow and ...
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Overview

Professor Reis Welling's life is idyllic. A respected professor of botany at Cornell, he's been granted early tenure, has received a grant to carry out field research in the Adirondack Forest, and has met Ellen, the love of his life. Everything is perfect—that is until the forest turns its back on him, department heads start spying on him, Ellen starts lying to him, and all start transmitting thoughts into his head. Herein lies Reis's slow and insidious descent into a vicious and damaging world of mental illness.

Masterfully shifting between past and present, Reis's Pieces intimately examines what transpires when all someone has ever known or believed to be true helplessly deteriorates right in front of him. How does one who has lost everything ultimately learn to accept and live life again after a diagnosis of schizophrenia? Can Reis, with the stress of this acceptance and the possibility of a new love—Kelly Adams, who, despite being committed to her seemingly perfect boyfriend, Brian, can't seem to get Reis out of her head—remain healthy?

Reis's Pieces uncompromisingly explores one man's struggle for his place in an altered world and two women's search for their place in his. Welcome to the life of Reis Welling and all his pieces, an engrossing and provocative world of love, loss, and schizophrenia.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014570183
  • Publisher: Goodman Beck Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/27/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 294
  • Sales rank: 1,333,059
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Karen Winters Schwartz was born and raised in Mansfield, Ohio. She wrote her first truly good story at age seven. Her second-grade teacher, Mrs. Schneider, publicly and falsely accused her of plagiarism. She did not write again for forty years.

In-between, she moved to Columbus, Ohio, where she spent thirteen years of her life pursuing a seemingly endless education at The Ohio State University. She received her undergraduate degree in microbiology, her master of science in immunology, and a doctorate in optometry. Winters Schwartz met her future husband, Paul, at a student optometric conference in Chicago. They were both slightly drunk, and it was love at first sight. They married in 1987, moved to Central New York, and bought a house on the shores of Otisco Lake—the "pinky finger" of the Finger Lakes. There they began their lives together, their careers as optometrists, and raised two daughters, who are now off to change the world—hopefully in a good way.

Winters Schwartz is an active board member of NAMI Syracuse (National Alliance on Mental Illness), a sought-after speaker, and a strong advocate for mental illness awareness. This is her second novel and follow-up to her widely successful debut, Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?.
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  • Posted June 30, 2012

    Amazing and thought-provoking

    I read Reis's Pieces in less than 24 hours! I loved the imagery! I felt like I was sitting right there with Reis. This book changed the way I think about a lot of things - PLUS it was entertaining. It's rare to find a book that educates and inspires! I highly recommend it!!

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

    Wonderful Book!

    Karen Winters Schwartz delivers once again with her new novel: Reis's Pieces: Love, Loss, and Schizophrenia. As with Where Are the Cocoa Puffs? she engages the reader from the very first page. We become fully invested in Reis's struggles and of those who love him. In the end we're rooting for everyone. Through fiction, this author educates, entertains, and compassionately humanizes those besieged with these misunderstood brain disorders.

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

    A poignant, genuine account on how mental illness can affect the

    A poignant, genuine account on how mental illness can affect the life of a wonderful person, as well as the lives of all those close to him. Heartfelt and engrossing. Powerful.

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  • Posted June 11, 2012

    I've read many books where I may be entertained, but I neither t

    I've read many books where I may be entertained, but I neither truly feel a connection to the protagonist nor care what happens to him or her. Reis's Pieces is the exact opposite. I found myself very invested in Reis's well-being and happiness. Winters Schwartz definitely has a gift for truly connecting the reader to main characters and taking control of one's emotions--in a good way. The book was also engaging throughout, with great pacing back and forth between past and present. Highly recommended--and a real eye-opener about mental illness and how most stereotypes are bogus.

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