Circles Around the Sun

In Search of a Lost Brother

Molly McCloskey - Author

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ISBN 9781468300253 | 272 pages | 25 Oct 2012 | Overlook | 9.25 x 6.25in | 18 - AND UP
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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.

"Written with great care and simplicity." — Anne Enright

"An extravagantly gifted writer." — Rachel Cusk

"Novelist McCloskey never really got to know her brother, Mike, 14 years her senior, before schizophrenia had taken hold of him, and decides to learn about his life before and everything he lost after in her clear-eyed and heartbreaking story…And her tender tribute nevertheless brings healing, and grants her and her family a new way to connect to their son and brother." — Publishers Weekly

"Fiction writer McCloskey tackles the prickly subject of schizophrenia in this bracing memoir about her older brother, Mike. In heartbreaking detail, she recounts Mike’s descent from smart, handsome intercollegiate athlete to muttering, wool-capped, house-bound stranger." — Booklist

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