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A mother, her son, and mania.

In this fictionalized memoir, a mother recounts the emotional journey she and her son take when he becomes mentally ill.

Jack is known as the Sun King because as a child he resembled the illustrated boy in his mother's deck of tarot cards. Already on the verge of madness, Jack leaves for college in Ohio but secretly decides not to take his medic
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Paperback, 284 pages
Published October 2017 by Open Books
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Melissa Stuart
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is an eye-opening portrayal of one mother's experience battling her son's mental illness. I was immediately struck by the "that is exactly what I would have done" moments as the mother's story unfolds. In the beginning, she didn't know how to do anything special to manage her son's disease. She was just a mom who was desperate to help her son and that's what makes the story so honest and relatable.

Beautifully written. Comedic relief at all the right moments. Highly recommend!
Jess Combs
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book started out absolutely amazing!!! By Chapter 3, I was beginning to send out texts and Snaps to my friends letting them know they NEED to read this ASAP! It's a story about a very serious issue and situation that's told in a way that's sometimes hilarious, other times serious or sarcastic, and always deeply emotional.

The Sun King tells the story of the narrator and her only son, Jack, who is suffering from mental illness. The story begins with his latest stint in a mental hospital after
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Laura Marchildon
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it

A manic man. An exhausted mother. Who saves whom?

Throughout Allison Lee Palmer’s book, “The Sun King: A Mother, Her Son, and Mania”, Jack displayed a natural high intelligence and curiosity for learning. Having a serious mental illness of bipolar disorder intensified this ten-fold.

Jack had a love hate relationship with college. He loved researching topics that were of interest of him but didn’t like the structure of the classroom setting and felt the teachers were incompetent so neglected to
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Bucks, Books & Beyond
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was provided to me by Open Books. This is an honest review based on my personal opinions of the book.

This book is a fictional memoir about a mother, and her son Jack, and the experiences the mother endures as her son rapidly declines while suffering with bipolar disorder.

Jack struggles with college and finds it hard to concentrate and apply himself unless it is on a subject of interest to him, and even then he focuses on the topic to the point of complete obsessiveness. Jack suffers
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Joyce
Jul 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the memoir of a mother who is trying desperately to help her son who is bipolar. Although some of the background story is made up, the heartfelt desire to help her son comes through and you know that it is real and you also know that it would be something that you would do to protect your child. The story contains some humor so it isn’t a depressing book but it is a serious one. All that the mom does takes its toll on her and the end of the story leaves you wondering who is taking care o ...more
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