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Musical Chairs by Jen Knox
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Jun 07, 11

it was amazing
Read from June 04 to 07, 2011

Musical Chairs (Jen Knox)
Memoir. This is the story of a young woman Jen, who runs away at age 15. It is not just a "run-a-way teen" story, but one that reflects on a family. A family that has dealt with mental health issues for generations. Also set in a rough part of Columbus Ohio, young Jen tries to escape the "big city" life (poverty and crime).

She soon turns to alcohol, numerous jobs leading to strip-dancing. There she tells of the hardships, horrors , fast money and fast times. As she goes from home to home, job to job, she reflects on her family, their strengths, weaknesses and hardships as well.

Ms. Knox also brings to light mental illness. From her own, to her grandmother, and great grandmother. She tells of her relationship with her grandmother, and explains vividly how trying and difficult at times it could be. Jen also tells of how she copes with her anxieties how frightening and debilitating they can be, and depression.

I look forward to reading more of her work.
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