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 perfectthat 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. 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.
|Publisher:||Goodman Beck Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)|
|Age Range:||13 Years|
About 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.
Educated at The Ohio State University, both Karen and her husband have shared a career in optometry in Central New York's Finger Lakes while raising two daughters together.
Karen is the president of NAMI Syracuse (National Alliance on Mental Illness), a strong advocate for mental illness awareness, and a sought-after speaker at health association events and conferences across the country. Karen knows firsthand the devastation that mental illness can wreak on a family. She has talked to hundreds of families who have dealt with the frustration of a broken mental health care system. She has experienced the price of stigma and has felt the isolation that ignorance, misunderstanding, and judgment can inflict on everyone involved. She knows how these misconceptions delay and thwart necessary treatment—at its best leading to loss of jobs, productivity, and relationships, at its worst leading to tragedies such as suicide, violence, and mass murder. She has also experienced the joy of the recovery of a loved one, stressing early detection and treatment as the key to this success.
Her critically acclaimed debut novel on mental illness, Where Are the Cocoa Puffs?: A Family’s Journey Through Bipolar Disorder, was released by Goodman Beck Publishing in September 2010. Its widely praised follow-up, Reis’s Pieces: Love, Loss, and Schizophrenia, was released in the spring of 2012, and her third novel, The Chocolate Debacle, was released in the fall of 2014. Her books are not only honest and engaging stories—they are also advocacy tools, educational tools, and a comfort to those dealing directly and indirectly with mental illness.
Through her books Karen opens up discussions about the need for empathy and the impact of the negative stigma associated with these neurobiological brain disorders. Through literature, she educates while entertaining, elicits empathy while telling a great story, and advocates by reaching those who just don’t “get it.”
What People are Saying About This
Honest and highly entertaining. (Alan Gettis, PhD, bestselling author of It's All Part of the Dance: Finding Happiness in an Upside Down World)
A gift. (Xavier Amador, PhD, bestselling author of I Am Not Sick, I Don't Need Help!)
Sure to be an enduring benchmark novel on mental illness. (Allen Klein, bestselling author of Learning to Laugh When You Feel Like Crying: Embracing Life After Loss)
Beautifully and compellingly written. (Bill Cross, PhD, LMFT, psychotherapist and professor emeritus of psychology)
A literary present. (Joseph J. Luciani, PhD, bestselling author of Self-Coaching: The Powerful Program to Beat Anxiety & Depression)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!!
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.
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.
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.