Circles Around the Sun: In Search of a Lost Brother
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Circles Around the Sun: In Search of a Lost Brother

3.24 of 5 stars 3.24  ·  rating details  ·  58 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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 r...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published September 1st 2012 by Overlook (first published July 1st 2011)
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Vicki Lee
Oct 17, 2012 Vicki Lee rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Vicki by: People Magazine Review
There is a lot of empathy for Molly McCloskey-- dealing with a mental illness in the family, and especially one as baffling as schizophrenia, has torn more than one family apart, and can be heartbreaking for everyone in the family. But I didn't get the feeling in this book that Molly really found her older brother, Mike, at all. It seems as if the 14 year difference in their ages didn't allow her to have a good perspective on him before he got sick, and there wasn't all that much about him-- asi...more
Skipped a lot of pages....better books have been written on this subject.
This well-written memoir of the author and her family as they adapt to a brother with schizophrenia is also a portrait of the 20th and early 21st centuries as seen by three generations of her family, with college basketball and geopolitics a backdrop. The "360 degree" biographical approach, which included conversations, relationship details, and excerpts from letters with virtually everyone who McCloskey knew to have come in contact with her brother over his long lifetime, was a fascinating appr...more
Serene Goh
I thought it was boring, sorry. The main voice talked more about the family and much less about her sick brother. I wanted to read about his illness! Couldn't finish the book.
This is a look into a family whose oldest son suffers from schizophrenia. It was written by his younger sister and includes saved letters from family members.
The love, introspection, bewilderment and questions are all there. It is a glimpse into the family dynamics and sadness as a result.
I have had a couple of close people in my life in the same situation. It was a source of information and support about the disease.
I'm not sure how I picked up this book but I think it was because the name sounded familiar and I do like to read biographies. This book is really more about the author's feelings and experiences, but does explain a great deal about schizophrenia. Helped me understand so much more and gain a little insight into what families and the individual must go through. Not a casual read.
Barbara Suozzi
Depressing and a little disappointing. The book was more about the author's world travels and her anxiety that didn't seem connected to her brother's illness than about the brother's schizophrenia. I guess writing about how the disease affects sibs is as baffling as the disease itself.
Carol Hill
Moving book. I enjoyed it.
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