Harper Lee and Peppermint Candy by Paula Hennessy

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When seventeen -year-old Megan Murphy, a diagnosed borderline personality disorder, is admitted to the psych ward once again, she assumed she’d be “home” for the holidays. But her burned-out mother, Laura, and her newly re-married father, Michael, have made it quite clear they’ve had enough. Even Megan’s port-in-the-storm grandparents, Addie and Henry, are tired of the redundant saga of her so-called life.
At the same time, Addie wonders when, and if, there is a good time to die. She finds it ironic, when faced with her own grim diagnosis of pancreatic cancer, that society celebrates a “due date” but runs screaming when they see the inevitable “sell by” date. Addie had always vowed to bow out gracefully when her time came, but with Megan a virtual orphan on an adolescent psych ward and her grandmother her only remaining lifeline, will Addie be able to face the end as courageously as she’s lived?
Enlivened by an eclectic group of doctors, nurses, mental health specialists, and fellow patients, both Megan and Addie begin to swim out of the twin tsunamis of mental illness and end -of-life care. And after a final and unexpected twist of fate at the inevitable intersection of living and dying, Megan and Addie finally find their way “home.”

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Published July 31, 2012 by Paula Hennessy. 218 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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She genuinely connects with Addie through their shared love of reading, and Megan successfully organizes a book club for the psychiatric unit.

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