Circles Around the Sun
In Search of a Lost Brother
ISBN 9781468303919 | 272 pages | 27 Sep 2012 | Overlook | 18 - AND UP
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When Molly McCloskey was a child, her older brother Mike started showing signs of paranoid schizophrenia. Then, as a young adult, Molly found herself panicky and drinking heavily--and wondered about her own sanity. She began to piece together a picture of her family history--and the story of how Mike, a gifted student and athlete, was overtaken by an illness that rendered him unrecognizable.
Circles Around the Sun is a courageous and beautiful memoir that sheds light not only on McCloskey's family, but on the myths that all families build for themselves.
"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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