By Melody Carlson
Sliding into the Rabbit Hole… may She Ever Return?
On the outside, Alice Laxton turns out no assorted from the other university lady: brilliant, inquisitive, fascinated with the existence sooner than her. yet for years, a genetic time bomb has been ticking away. as a result of Alice’s near-genius intelligence, academics and counselors have consistently made excuses for her “little idiosyncrasies.” yet in the course of a stress-filled senior yr at school, a brand new international of voices, visions, and unexplainable “knowledge” factors Alice to start to lose her grip on reality.
As Alice’s schizophrenia progresses, she studies a nerve-racking spiritual “awakening,” believing that God and angels and demons are talking to her. whilst others try to intrude, Alice is subjected to quite a lot of “treatments” much more scary and painful than her illness.
Powerfully uncooked and brutally sincere, Finding Alice is a narrative of person affliction and wish, a family’s shared ordeal, and a look for real psychological and religious healing.
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Peach Tree reached out and smacked me on the shoulder. I wouldn’t even look at him. The little man sneered, showing his off-white teeth. ” He paused and undid his jacket. ” “You don’t know me,” I said. “I know what happened in Cedar Rapids. ” A few of the others looked at me now, sidelong glances of judgment. The little man walked to a chair and pulled it out for himself. “Oh, I know about all of you. Don’t go acting like he’s the only one. You bunch of crackheads and criminals. Sit down already!
I didn’t bother with my gloves, and pretty soon my hands dried out. Digging into the salt made my fingertips bleed. It only took me about fifteen minutes to do one side of the station. Then I moved out to the parking spaces, but when I looked back at the building, it had disappeared. The snow came down like a shroud and I couldn’t see the cars behind me, and I stood alone in the storm. You made a promise in Cedar Rapids in 2002. Time to honor it. How did they know? Wind got into the hood of my parka and raked across my face, so I shut my eyes and moved with one hand out in front of me.
Or willing. Now I saw it. The interior lights smoldered, and the Library glowed bleakly in the great woods. It looked like God’s gravestone. 7 YOU’D THINK I’D SLEEP for twenty-four hours after that long trip, but I only passed out for five. Awake by eleven, I strolled around my cabin as if its four rooms made it a manor. Bedroom, living room, bathroom, and kitchen. I felt pretty giddy about each one. Nothing too fancy. There weren’t mink blankets or platinum faucets or whatever the wealthy buy with their loot.