A young artist living in poverty in New York City finds himself in line to inherit a family castle upstate. Follow his journey to overcome clinical depression and claim a place in his family. In this character study, scientist author J.J.Brown explores the healing creativity can give to people with emotional illness.
While illustrating his first animation film, the artist Daniel's life is in ruins. He has no home to provide for his estranged son. The artist's older sister, a banker, schemes to exclude her brother from inheriting their family castle. His creative spirit redefines the American dream, finding a treasure within.
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About the Author
Author J.J.Brown was born in the Catskill Mountain region of New York and has lived in New York City for two decades. She has published novels, short stories and poems. J.J.Brown was a research scientist before turning to fiction writing. She completed a PhD in genetics and her research is published in leading science and education journals.
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American Dream tells the multigenerational story of the Marcello family in New York. Daniel Marcello, an artist struggling with clinical depression and poverty, finds himself in line to inherit a family castle. His older sister Janet however, intends to exclude him from inheritance due to his mental condition. Facing eviction and unable to afford basic necessities, including mental health care, Daniel must act immediately. In undertaking the journey to resolution the novel unfolds to confront every fear, doubt, insecurity, dream, and past memory in battling depression. What must be done when the dream becomes a nightmare? Every single page in this book is a revelation. Every character introduced plays a crucial role to the plot and symbolically represents an emotion or stage in overcoming the struggle. A sweeping tale from the beginning to its conclusion, this tale inexorably examines how the internal world we keep private affects the external world that everyone sees. Inevitably, you'll find yourself seeking to redefine the term American dream. At some point, most people have experienced, or have known someone who has dealt with depression, this is their book. Prepare to be enraptured. With American Dream JJ Brown delivers another expertly crafted work of realistic fiction.