Book Description

Shot In The Head by Katherine Flannery Dering

The Indie Book of the Day for 27th of September, 2014!

Genre: Memoir, Health

One wall divides life from darkness. After the worldwide Blackout, America built a concrete wall—the Frontier—across the middle of the nation to isolate its precious electricity in the top half. Everyone below the Frontier was forsaken, and now only a few survive in the grim region known as the Dark Zone. 

Sixteen year old Phoenix Troublefield endures the dark with his girlfriend, Star Windsong. When America announces that it will trade electricity for immigrants, Phoenix and Star sacrifice themselves for the power that might sa

A bittersweet memoir about life and loss.  This true story brings to life the experiences of one large family before and after the onset of mental illness. Using a mix of narrative, photographs, emails and pictures of various cherished objects, the book takes the reader into author Katherine Flannery Dering’s world of caring for her younger brother Paul, who suffered from schizophrenia.

When her brother developed lung cancer, the author had to step up to help in his care. Maneuvering through the maze of our mental health system, she (and her eight siblings) got to know social workers and the employees of nursing homes on a first name basis, saw friends and family less often, missed work, and ate fewer meals at home and more fast food.  Along the way, she changed in unforeseen ways, and her perception of her ill brother, Paul, changed as well.ve her younger brother. On the other side of the Frontier, they find America is not what they expected, and instead they are thrown into a shocking and deeply personal contest that threatens to destroy their love. When the chance comes to escape back into the Dark Zone, it may already be too late.

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Book Insight

  • File Size: 1475 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 192763721X
  • Publisher: bridgeross Communications (March 31, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JEM0ZKU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled 
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled 
  • Lending: Not Enabled

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Author Katherine Flannery Dering was the second of ten children, her brother Paul eighth. He was 16 when he suffered his first psychotic episode. When Paul also developed lung cancer the author had to overcome her reluctance to deal with the troubled man and step up to help in his care. While maneuvering through the maze of our mental health system, she and her eight siblings got to know social workers and the employees of adult and nursing homes on a first name basis, saw friends and family less often, missed work, and ate fewer meals at home and more fast food. Along the way, she changed in unforeseen ways, and her perception of her ill brother, Paul, changed at well. Katherine has an MFA from Manhattanville College. Previously a chief financial officer at a community bank in New York, she holds a BA from Le Moyne College, an MBA from the University of Minnesota at Duluth, and an MA in Spanish Lit. from the University of Buffalo.

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