From the Nightstand: Too Bright to Hear, Too Loud to See by Juliann Garey

Too Bright to Hear, Too Loud to See is a fascinating novel by Juliann Garey. Greyson Todd, an enormously successful agent in Hollywood, is brilliant but suffers from bipolar disorder. The novel alternates between his episodes of treatment with ECT, which temporarily rob him of his memories, and those memories, which range from his childhood with a father who suffered from bipolar disorder, through his successful career, to walking away from that career, as well as his wife and daughter, to spending time in Thailand and Africa, to renting a shabby rent-controlled apartment in New York, to finding himself in a psychiatric unit in a hospital. The memories include both his manic episodes, as well as his periods of profound depression. Todd is fascinating, but often hard to like, both in his manic and his depressed states. It’s not enjoyable to read about his exploits, which is, perhaps, the point: helping readers to understand the frustrating and tragic nature of bipolar disorder and the helplessness of a sufferer in the face of it: there are no good treatment choices. There is only managing. Recommended.

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