IF YOU LEFT by Ashley Prentice Norton & Giveaway

Cindy Reads & Writes


Reading fiction is a wonderful way to learn about the problems many of us encounter in REAL life. For instance, more people talk freely about domestic violence, alcohol and drug abuse now that it’s in the public conscience, and a frequent topic in popular fiction. But I haven’t read anything about clinical depression, also known as manic depression or bi-polar depression, especially from the point-of-view of the person with the disease. Ashley Prentice Norton has written such novel, IF YOU LEFT (MarinerBooks) and it’s been published this week. It’s a courageous narrative, especially since Ashley’s open about having the disease herself.

“When Althena was released from the hospital this time, she wasn’t exactly sick, but she wasn’t exactly well. She facetiously said she was just swell when asked. She would have to go back to the hospital for after-care outpatient treatment that would supposedly give her life skills to function…

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