Two Sisters and a Story of Mental Illness
Grand Central Publishing
On Sale: January 13, 2015
Hardcover / e-Book
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The Close sisters are descended from very prominent and
wealthy ancestors. When the Close sisters were very young,
their parents joined a cult called the MRA, or Moral
Rearmament. The family was suddenly uprooted to a cult
school in Switzerland and, ultimately, to the Belgian Congo
where their father became a surgeon in the war ravaged
republic, and ultimately the personal physician to President
Shortly after the girls returned to the US for boarding
school, Jessie first started to exhibit symptoms of severe
bipolar disorder (she would later learn that this ran in the
family, a well-kept secret). Jessie embarked on a series of
destructive marriages as the condition worsened. Glenn was
always by her side throughout. Jessie's mental illness was
passed on to her son, Calen.
It wasn't until Calen entered McLean's psychiatric hospital
that Jessie herself was diagnosed. Fifteen years and twelve
years of sobriety later, Jessie is a stable and productive
member of society. Glenn continues to be the major support
in Jessie's life.
In RESILIENCE, the sisters share their story of triumphing
over Jessie's illness. The book is written in Jessie's voice
with running commentary and an epilogue written by Glenn.
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