Writer, Psychologist, and Reiki Master John David Higham shares childhood events from his abusive toilet-training through his last suicide attempt at 19. In between, he makes his way as the eldest son of six children. Born in New Jersey in 1960, he learns at age seven that his abusive father is involved with the Mafia. When the man dies two years later, John's mother moves her family to rural Pennsylvania. She appoints John the man of the house and soon develops manic-depression with psychosis.
Being her soldier overwhelms John. He resorts to self-injury and hidden suicide attempts. Ordered not to discuss the home and harassed by their peers after his mother alienates the neighbors, John has fistfights with his older sisters.
Forced to rely on himself for nurturance while protecting his decaying family, John finds refuge in the stories that he tells himself. His self-creation evolves through his mother's death
and subsequent traumas as he enters adulthood. From those numerous... More > hells, a writer is born.< Less
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By Kimberly B. Kennedy
Jan 11, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I felt myself living the events along with the writer. The reader does have to work throughout this book, so it is never boring. In my opinion this book would appeal to single moms (I am one) because it tells the story from the child's point of view from the beginning when his family was a nuclear unit and then through the death of each parent. It shows the turmoil of dealing with a mental illness also from a child's recollections. I highly recommend this book! It is a book that you will read again and again. I have read mine about 6 times from cover to cover, and each time I discover new tidbits of adventure, heartwrentching emotions, and the capacity of the human spirit to endure life's trials and tribulations. Thank you John David Higham for pouring your life out in this book for us to experience it with you.
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