Kirkus Review wrote:
Esperanza writes affectingly but also with impressive
objectivity—the drama unfolds almost like a novel, but she musters temperance, especially noticeable when
she comments on doctors who were largely antagonistic. For example, she is remarkably magnanimous when discussing
the physician who blocked Serafina’s release from the psychiatric unit: “I realize how fraught his work was with failures,
with negativity, with combat rather than cooperation. And maybe some part of him wanted it to be different.” This
memoir is both wise and philosophically rigorous, and should be read by anyone curious about the modern treatment of mental illness.
A reflection on psychiatric care that combines emotional poignancy and intellectual astuteness.