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Safe, Wanted, and Loved: A Family Memoir of Mental Illness, Heartbreak, and Hope
“Pat, we need to kill the dog.” A chill ran down Patrick Dylan’s spine as his wife spoke—psychosis had found their family again. When a sudden mental illness struck his wife, Patrick Dylan found himself living with an eerie stranger. Scared and unprepared, he began a desperate battle to protect her from a mysterious disease, shelter their children from her bizarre behavior, and recover the woman he loved. For years, Patrick and Mia Dylan enjoyed an intimate marriage that exemplified partnership. They worked together to create a loving home for their two children, enjoyed a close relationship with their extended family, and offered mutual support during hard times. But on the morning of Mia’s thirty-ninth birthday, everything changed. Within weeks, she had been admitted to the emergency room, the hospital, and the local crisis facility, but none of the experts could provide an answer. As her illness eluded diagnosis, the family’s struggle was only beginning. A brave memoir in the tradition of Brain on Fire, Dylan’s Safe, Wanted, and Loved is a compassionate, honest, and gripping account of a family navigating mental illness.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.75 out of 10

Assessment:

Idea: Dylan builds the narrative of his wife's struggle with mental health to encompass family, friends, and strangers as well as the society that continues to place a stigma around mental health.

Prose/Style: Palpable in Dylan's writing are the feelings of confusion, despair, love, and hope as he goes back and forth in time to show life before and after he notices a change in Mia.

Originality: In the vast world of literature that deals with mental health struggles, Dylan carves out a space for himself, his wife, and his family to reflect upon their journey in a meaningful way.

Character Development/Execution: Dylan includes a broad array of medical professionals, family members, and friends in the narrative. While these characters aren't always given the space they may deserve, Dylan's attempts to share their perspectives is a noble effort. 

Blurb: With a tremendous amount of care, Dylan shares his experience as a husband and father in a family that must navigate the complex world of mental health. A moving and informative memoir, Safe, Wanted, and Loved reminds readers of the challenges faced by those struggling with their mental health and the stigma placed on that struggle. 

Blurb: With a tremendous amount of care, Dylan shares his experience as a husband and father in a family that must navigate the complex world of mental health. A moving and informative memoir, Safe, Wanted, and Loved reminds readers of the challenges faced by those struggling with their mental health and the stigma placed on that struggle. 

Date Submitted: October 09, 2021

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 978-1-7364172-1-8
  • 339 pages
  • $16.95

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