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New Kindle edition now available from Amazon as "The Genetic Lottery: A novel look at schizophrenia." * The new edition includes links to organizations providing information about mental illness and resources for consumers and their families.
"I recommend this book to readers interested in a realistic portrayal of schizophrenia and characters that will stay with them well past the final pages," Allizabeth Collins, The Paperback Pursuer.
As a child she was confused and embarrassed by her parents' behavior. As an adult, she fears she may inherit their devastating mental disorders. This gripping novel follows her life as she struggles to cope with her chaotic childhood, come to terms with mental illness and the toll it has had on her family, and discovers ways to thrive and start a family of her own.
Poignant, serious, and at times full of wit and humor, the novel shines a light on mental illness, and dispels many of the myths about schizophrenia—a disease that affects one out of every 100 people worldwide.
Meticulously researched, this novel accurately depicts how schizophrenia impacts mental health consumers and the people who love them. Written by a long time journalist, this engaging novel will have you rooting for this strong and brave young woman from the first page.
* Formerly titled "Playing the Genetic Lottery." Why a new edition? I trimmed down the novel (and the name) and added a descriptive subtitle and links for more info on schizophrenia to make the book more relevant to people who want or need to learn more about mental illness. The original version is still available in paperback through this website and through Amazon.com in the United States, Canada and the UK for people who love to read about interesting characters as they grow and evolve.
Here's what readers are saying about this true to life novel
“This book saved my life when my youngest was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia less than a year after I read it. I wasn't scared, I knew what questions to ask, and I knew what to stay away from. It is one of the most important books I have ever read, even though it's fiction. The fact that we can accept our child's illness can be laid squarely at the author's feet. I never would have understood the complexity of schizophrenia had I not read the book.” -Dawn M.
“Thank you Terri Morgan for this special touching novel. This book has special meaning for me as my nephew is living with schizophrenia. You write wonderfully and with passion and are not at all condescending. I stayed up all night and read it, and I loved every word.” -Liz Vadset Olver
Knowing that Terri usually writes non-fiction, I was curious how she could write realistic fiction about such a sensitive subject. But true to her reputation as a thorough researcher she has done just that. The episodes she recounts parallel the stories that real persons have shared with me.
I recommended it to my Board and to others who have an interest in gaining insight into the life of a child living with schizophrenic parents.
At the very least it is a riveting read and at best it exposes the reader to shocking truths and the silent suffering of so many.
President, NAMI Hawaii
"Although I have treated many schizophrenic patients and their families I still found this fictional
narrative very touching and illuminating," Heather B. Cattell. Ph.D, clinical psychologist and author of The 16: Personality in Depth.
"Thank you for writing about this subject. It is important because it touches so many families I know," Vicki Muse.
"Playing the Genetic Lottery offers a glimpse into a part of the world that is all two often ignored," Joseph Maldonado, MS, PsychCentral.com
"This author really gets it." Ashley Smith, the founder of Embracing My Mind. Ashley is living with schizophrenia and reviewed Playing the Genetic Lottery on her blog: Here's what she had to say about it: http://overcomingschizophrenia.blogspot.com/2013/01/terri-morgans-book-review-of-playing.html
Go to the Reviews page to read more about what Reviewers have written about Playing the Genetic Lottery
Webpage last updated July 16, 2014