Jun 11, 10
Read in June, 2010
Tragic story of the author's quest to find a previously unknown aunt who was sent to Eloise in Dearborn, MI at the age of 20 and hidden away from family, neighbors and friends. The author only became aware of his mother's sister when the mother, late in her life, mentioned it to her physician at a visit.
Luxenberg's shares his search and information, so that you are discovering the history of pyschiatric care in Michigan, which is isolated, cold and depressing. This is a sad story of love, shame, secrets and the discovery of the author's parents private life. If you live in Michigan and are aware of Eloise and Northville Psychiatric Hospital, you will find this book a wealth of information on how the patients were admitted, their care and the changes made through the decades.