Circles Around the Sun by Molly McCloskey
In Search of a Lost Brother

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Every once in a while, a writer's voice hits such a clear note, the resulting book has the kind of sweetness that makes you hold it in your hands a moment before finding a place for it on your shelves. Circles Around the Sun is this kind of book: it's a keeper.
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When Molly McCloskey was a young girl, her brother Mike--fourteen years her senior and a student at Duke University--started showing signs of paranoid schizophrenia.


Within a few years, his world had begun to fall apart. By the time Molly was old enough to begin to know him, Mike was heavily medicated and frequently delusional, living in hospitals or care homes or on the road.



Years later, through reading an astonishing archive of letters preserved by her mother and grandmother, and interviewing old friends of Mike's, Molly began to piece together a picture of her brother's life, before and after the illness struck--the story of how a gifted and well-liked student and athlete was overtaken by a terrible illness that rendered him unrecognizable. Now she tells that story--which is also the story of her own demons and of the ways in which a seemingly perfect family can slowly fall apart, and in the end, regroup. Circles Around the Sun is a work of extraordinary intensity and drama from a wonderfully gifted writer.
 

About Molly McCloskey

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MOLLY MCCLOSKEY grew up Oregon. She is the author of a collection of short stories, Solomon's Seal; a novella and four short stories, The Beautiful Changes; and a novel, Protection. McCloskey continues to work as a journalist.
 
Published October 25, 2012 by The Overlook Press. 233 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, History. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by ANNE ENRIGHT on Jul 01 2011

Every once in a while, a writer's voice hits such a clear note, the resulting book has the kind of sweetness that makes you hold it in your hands a moment before finding a place for it on your shelves. Circles Around the Sun is this kind of book: it's a keeper.

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