From the Publisher
"The Glass Castle" meets "An Unquiet Mind" in a mesmerizing, loving
memoir about growing up in a family plagued by bipolar disorder.
Four out of the five people in poet David Lovelace's immediate
family have experienced bipolar disorder?including David himself.
His relationship with the disease began with his artist mother's
severe depressions during his boyhood in the 1960s and continued
through decades of his preacher father's increasingly eccentric
behavior. The family's battle with the disorder reached its apex in
1986, the year that his father, his brother, and David himself were
all committed in quick succession. Only his sister has escaped
"Scattershot" is Lovelace's poignant, humorous, and vivid account
of the disease's effects on his family, and his gripping exploits
as he spent his life running from?and finally learning to
embrace?the madness imprinted on his genes. "Scattershot" explores
the powerful connections between fundamentalist religious belief
and mental illness, illuminated by David's strange and fantastic
childhood in church camps and parish residences.
A coming-of-age story punctuated by a series of truly harrowing
experiences, this devastating and empathetic portrait of the
Lovelace family strips away the shame associated with bipolar
disorder and celebrates the profound creative gifts that come with
About the Author
David Lovelace is a writer, carpenter, and
former owner of the Montague Bookmill, a bookstore near Amherst,
Massachusetts. His poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize
and has won mention in Patterson Review's Allen Ginsberg Award.
Lovelace lives in western Massachusetts with his wife and
Published: September 9, 2008
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0525950788
ISBN - 13: 9780525950783