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From the Shortlist: The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok (a memoir)

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The Memory Palace by Mira Bartok 
Lantana Public Library Call No.: B Bar
 A powerful, courageous book about a mother who became so deeply lost in schizophrenia that nothing could salvage her. She became a constant physical and mental threat to her two daughters after their father disappeared for good when the oldest daughter was four. Hospitals failed, the police were useless, good will was wasted, halfway houses gave up, none of the drugs worked. There’s a reason people don’t discuss schizophrenia: it is terrifying, likely incurable and never kind.
As soon as they were old enough, Mira Bartok and her sister left “home,” changing their names and moving to other states. Bartok wrote children’s books, married, divorced and traveled, rarely losing touch with her mother, who, for the 17 years before either sister saw her again, sent notes to Mira at her untraceable address. Pieces of those letters preface each chapter. And, in a very odd way, there is a happy ending of sorts.
(From The Shortlist by Catharine Rambeau, Sept. 8, 2011)
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Written by lantanalister1

September 8, 2011 at 11:01 pm

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