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The Moon Is Broken: A Mother's True Story

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Ann Craig was an honors student at an Ivy League university until, seemingly overnight, she suffered a mental breakdown, was hospitalized, and was put on suicide watch. She refused further therapy and fell into the drug culture of New York. This poignant account resonates with the ironic pain of a gifted therapist unable to heal her own beloved daughter.
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published February 1st 1992 by Dutton Books
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i had a feeling that this would either be horribly written, or so absolutely beautiful that it would make me cry. So, I grabbed a box of Kleenex half way through and finished this sad tale in a few hours.

I would hope that no mother would ever have to watch her child go through mental illness, drug abuse and/or a fatal illness let alone all three. This just goes to show that just because a parent has a medical degree in psychiatry doesn't mean they would have a perfect family.

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. . I met the warm loving extended blended family last weekend. They seemed perfect and unbelievablely lucky. One of those previlaged families who seem to glide thru life untouched by hardships. No wonder they were so happy and upbeat. I noticed all the African art in their home and asked what was their interest in African Art. "That was our daughter's I have a book about her that explains the conection if you would like to read it"said the mother. Always up for a good read especially if there i ...more
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Heartbreaking to think our legal system still does not allow a parent to care for their mentally ill adult children. Well written.
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An amazing book recounting a journey through depression, eating disorders,addiction and more from a mothers perspective. The absolute love for a daughter and the willingness to drop everything in support of her. The love Paul must have had for his wife as he helped and supported her through such a harrowing journey. A family full of love. What a troubled life Annie led did it all begin in Germany no one will ever know. She must have been one amazing lady as everyone who came into contact with he ...more
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Thanks to the author and Endeavour Publishing for the digital copy I received in return for an honest review.

What an absolutely heart wrenching and beautifully written account of a mother's love for her child and the lengths she will go to in order to care for her. We travel on Annie's journey with her through her mother and also get a sense of Annie through some of her diary entries and through her friends and family.
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The Moon is Broken is a mother’s memoir, detailing a daughter’s struggles with mental illness and drug abuse. The book begins with daughter Ann’s inability to complete her senior college year. Documenting her heartbreaking rollercoaster ride, Ms. Craig gives readers a glimpse of what it’s like to love a child so deeply and unconditionally that you’re willing to do anything to help them survive.

This was a tough book for me to read. It’s filled with such open and raw emotion; readers can’t help bu
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Wow! This was a pretty powerful book. I think this must be a rerelease because the time frame starts in the late 70's. Ultimately it is about aids, but the getting there is a story that a lot of people can relate to. Drugs, eating disorders, and teens just wanting to "find" themselves independently from their parents. And the struggle as a parent to help your child.
I think Eleanor Craig did a wonderful job telling her nightmare. It
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What a book. I couldn't put it down. First published in 1992 and now republished. I picked it solely for the title, but what a story. It traces Elenor's journey with her eldest daughter in the search to find the solution to Ann's problems, interspersed with notes written by Ann during the relevant periods each chapter covered. Its bitterly honest and heartbreaking and deals with issues that up until recent years were taboo to talk about. The closing chapters had me sobbing, but the epilogue ensu ...more
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