From Wordpool Press, in beautifully crafted prose, comes Dinner with Doppelgangers: A True Story of Madness and Recovery by Colleen Wells, the story of one woman’s struggle with profound depression and mania, the hallmarks of bipolar disorder.
Wells, who was diagnosed with bipolar I and anxiety, among other disorders, recounts her struggle with mental disease, and its effects on her family and friends. She does this with bare, broken phrases that rattle and shock the mind. With highs, lows, and hospital visits blurred by medications, the poetic text explores in uncompromising honesty how mental illness can affect family, friends, and self. Wells tackles this complicated issue with a magnetic grace that easily pulls readers along. Those diagnosed with mental illness will benefit from this book’s message of warmth, hope, and recovery, as will those with the mentally ill in their lives.