Leave of Absence by Tanya J. Peterson

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A touching, if sometimes a little schmaltzy story, full of grief and loss, and occasionally some fairly well-placed glimmers of hope.
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"Characters so Life-Like You Will Forget They're Fictional," Tracy Riva

In this insightful and evocative novel, Tanya J. Peterson delves deeply into the world of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and schizophrenia. When Oliver Graham's suicide attempt fails, he is admitted to Airhaven Behavioral Health Center. Unable to cope with the traumatic loss of his beloved wife and son, he finds a single thread of attachment to life in Penelope, a fellow patient wrestling with schizophrenia and its devastating impact on her once happy and successful life. They both struggle to discover a reason to live while Penelope's fiancé William strives to convince her that she is worth loving. As Oliver and Penelope try to achieve emotional stability, face others who have been part of their lives, and function in the "real world," they discover that human connection may be reason enough to go on. Written with extraordinary perception into the thought processes of those grappling with mental illness, Leave of Absence is perfect for readers seeking an empathic depiction of grief, loss, and schizophrenia, as well as anyone who has ever experienced human suffering and healing.
 

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Published March 21, 2013 by Inkwater Press. 335 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Health, Fitness & Dieting. Non-fiction
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on Mar 12 2013

A heartrending, realistic story about grief, depression and schizophrenia that finds positivity in the darkest of moments.

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Reviewed by Amy Edelman on May 16 2013

A touching, if sometimes a little schmaltzy story, full of grief and loss, and occasionally some fairly well-placed glimmers of hope.

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