|Plot Summary of Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings|
|"Clea Simon, the daughter and third child of a Long Island doctor and his artist wife, grew up in the shadow of two older siblings who suffered from mental illness. Her brother eventually committed suicide, her sister was in and out of institutions and eventually hid from the family. Simon describes the tremendous pressures on her as "the normal one," how the strange dynamics of her family affected her too, even as she made it to and through her father's alma mater of Harvard, and developed a career as a rock critic and free-lance writer. She also interviewed many individuals who grew up in similar circumstances and surveys the scanty research about families as a whole and the effects of mentally ill people upon their siblings. This is a brave and thoughtful book."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings|
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Phys disability/mental struggle?
- mental illness
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- a teen
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other people
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 2 ()
- mostly 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Sex in book?
What kind of sex:
- actual description of hetero sex
Writer's slant towards subject:
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of set of events during life
How much dialogue in bio?
- significantly more descript than dialog
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