We Dare Not Whisper

We Dare Not Whisper

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Luce Garrison narrates the unraveling of her stoic Midwestern family: a mother plagued by bipolar disorder, a father guilt-ridden by his inability to confront his wifea€™s descent into madness, and Lucea€™s own unassailable conviction that she can never be as loved as the brothers she has lost. As a child, Luce often lingered over albums of glossy photographs, longing to be just like her lovely, enigmatic mother. But images frozen for an instant could not capture the lightless depression and manic bouts of frenzied activity which demonized Bets Garrison. Luce does not know the depths of her mothera€™s undiagnosed mental illness. Her only certainty? She is an inadequate substitute for the older brother who was stillborn just three months after her parentsa€™ marriage. After giving birth to Jonny, eleven years Lucea€™s junior, Bets develops an obsessive, disturbing devotion which trumps every other relationship in the Garrison home. Although Luce tries to minimize the gulf, she is excluded from the smothering attention her mother lavishes upon Jonny. Caught in a void, she can neither be loving sister nor cherished daughter. She can only be in the way. Set in rural Wisconsin, We Dare Not Whisper explores the toxic legacy of a self-destructive family. With hauntingly beautiful prose, Jan Netolicky illuminates the suffering of individuals with bipolar disorder and the unthinkable challenges facing those closest to them.... training, but he was intuitively analytical, able to assess and fix a problem faster than most people could locate the service manual. ... To stem the onslaught , Mother told Jonny he could use the Jeep whenever he wanted. Dad had traded the old Escape for a low-mileage but hard-used Grand Cherokee to which Jonny hadanbsp;...

Title:We Dare Not Whisper
Author: Jan Netolicky
Publisher:Brick Mantel Books - 2015-12-01

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