Porcelain Utopia by Jonathan Harnisch

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"Through prose that is gritty, raw, and vulnerable, readers are instantly transported into Ben’s world."
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Ben Schreiber suffers from a range of physical and psychiatric disorders, ranging from Tourette's syndrome to narcissism, borderline personality, and schizoaffective disorder. He is hospitalized after a drug-crazed attempt at a bank robbery and is now under the care of Dr C, a female psychiatrist. Ben has little faith that psychiatric medicine will help him rid his mind of the delusions and hallucinations that his disorder presents, as it has done little for him thus far. He also knows that Dr C will not be treating him alone: He must introduce her to the cast of characters that share his brain, including Ben's alter ego, Georgie Gust. Ben/Georgie are not classic "split" personalities: Georgie is a hallucination that springs from Ben's disease and physically shares Ben's life, making his symptoms even worse. Dr. C begins to suspect that Ben draws upon Georgie to help him avoid the bad memories that he has suppressed for his entire life and that underlie his post-traumatic stress and anxiety. She must try to get Ben to explore his relationship with Georgie, and the sexual fetishes that are triggered by Claudia Nesbitt, Georgie's highly sexual and manipulative girlfriend, so that Ben can become once again the loving person he once was. She encourages Ben to talk about Georgie and Claudia in their sessions, and more importantly, to write about them as therapy. Ben discovers that writing gives him increasing freedom from the obsessive invasion of his thoughts by Georgie and Claudia and from his dreadful past memories that Dr C slowly uncovers. He begins to hope that converting Georgie to a literary character in the pages of an autobiographical novel will slowly remove him, along with Claudia, from Ben's mind forever.
 

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Published February 8, 2016 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. 300 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Erotica, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Above average
on Apr 04 2016

...so it’s certainly not a story for the squeamish or those seeking more conventional constructions. A scattered account of a scatterbrained life with all manner of depravity and, underneath it all, earnestness.

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on Mar 28 2016

"Through prose that is gritty, raw, and vulnerable, readers are instantly transported into Ben’s world."

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Jonathan Harnisch 30 Sep 2016

Rated the book as 5 out of 5

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