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Paperback Details
  • 08/2022
  • 979-8-9866477-0-8
  • 310 pages
  • $15.95
Ebook Details
  • 08/2022
  • 979-8-9866477-1-5
  • 605 pages
  • $4.99
Jessica Holbert
Author
Big Flame and Little Buck
JJ Holbert, author
What do you do when someone you love is diagnosed with a debilitating mental illness?       Truman Bates was heading for a career in the Vermont granite industry until he began to hear, feel, and see things that no one else could. He was eventually treated for a newly labeled illness: schizophrenia. Decades later, his nephew Pat Bates was a typical senior of the Class of 1984. It was then that Pat's unlikely best friend, Dante Zuckerman, began to seriously worry that the depression Pat fell into that year would lead him to a life like Uncle Tru's.      While there is no one way for a family to navigate their way through the complexities of mental illness, how they do so is greatly influenced by both the time and place in which it occurs. Equally significant are the friends and community who provide the support needed for a transition to a new normal.
Reviews
Linda Salem, Librarian, San Diego State University

Readers are along for a wild ride of teenage boys in different decades coming of age together, learning about tested friendships, love, and eventually, schizophrenia. Readers will get hooked on the multi-generational characters and humanized family struggles, and be absorbed in the world of the novel long after they finish reading it.

Mark Gmeiner, Former Psychiatric Aide

JJ Holbert has written an engaging book about an uncommon topic… Written from the standpoint of two generations, she presents an illuminating look at a baffling condition and the families that learn to cope with their affected family member the best they can.

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 08/2022
  • 979-8-9866477-0-8
  • 310 pages
  • $15.95
Ebook Details
  • 08/2022
  • 979-8-9866477-1-5
  • 605 pages
  • $4.99

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