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Ghellow Road is a literary diary of a young girl's journey through the tangled labyrinth that is her life. Theresa's story begins in a large Midwestern city, where her heart is full of joy and wonder, and the world is hers to receive without consequence. As time passes, merciless forces begin to shape her existence, no matter how carefully her father colors the empty space ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published October 14th 2010 by Verefor Publishing Company LLC
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May 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
The front cover is a bit confusing. It says the book is a literary diary and also a novel. I guess it can be a made up diary, but Ghellow Road by T.H. Waters reads like a book of creative nonfiction.
There are also quite a number of people to whom this book is dedicated, and who I’m willing to bet are active participants (even though the names have been changed) ~ thus giving the book a truthful flair. In the book, Theresa Waters (again, pointing to nonfiction over a novel) is a young girl trappe
Book Him Danno
This book is well written, it keeps you reading even when you have other things to do. The story captivated me from the very beginning and I was pulled in completely. The authors’ writing has an amazing flow that keeps you from putting it down. I cried, I laughed, my heart broke for Theresa and I wanted nothing more than for her mother to get better and start caring for her family, even though I knew that wasn’t going to happen.

In college and right after wards, I worked with the mentally Ill. My
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ghellow Road is a book written in fiction form, but very strongly based on true events of the writer's childhood. Ms Waters has taken her very stressful childhood memories and created a book that possibly has helped her to process her childhood.

If you read the blurbs about the book, it mentions demons and paranormal - This is referring to some of what the mother was going through. Hearing voices and talking to them. I mention this, because at first I thought it was going to have paranormal even
Nov 06, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
Several weeks ago T.H. Waters contacted me with a request to read and review her book, Ghellow Road, and in short order I had the volume in my hands. I only got to it now because of my crazy self-inflicted schedule (which is now, thankfully, over) and am glad to say that I liked it. The beginning was a bit rough, so much so that a couple of pages in I caught myself hoping that it would get better and fast. As the saying goes "ask and you shall receive" and in no time the author hit her stride an ...more
Christian Engler
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Ghellow Road is a moving narrative of one woman's brave confrontation with her past and the gnawing demons of crippling mental illness that plagued her mother and thus affected the whole of her adolescent and teenage life.

At the onset, Theresa Waters had, by all accounts, an idyllic childhood that overflowed with two loving parents who had a penchant for all the offerings that life had to offer, compounded with an insatiable curiosity that would inspire any child to reach for the stars and grab
Jan 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As A Memoir or A Novel, This is A Powerful Book!

TH Waters blossoms as a writer in this compelling book GHELLOW ROAD. There are contradictions present: the front of the book sates 'A Novel by T.H. Waters’ while the back of the book clearly states 'This is the story of my life'. True, the main character's name is Theresa Waters, and given all the statements in the front of the book thanking all those who helped bring this book to print - kudos to members of Waters' family and friends each with dif
Orbs n Rings
Sep 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
A must read for those whom have experienced mental illness, whether personally or professionally.

Ghellow Road was much more than I expected, and it left my heart completely weeping for Waters. Mental illness is like a cruel joker, creeping up on happy and healthy individuals and their families, then pulling the rug right out from under them. My heart went out to Waters after the suicide of her father, as he seemed not able to cope any longer with his wife's illness. I don't believe Richard lov
Feb 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When I was contacted about reading this book, I really had no idea what to expect. I knew that coming from the point of view of a child, it would probably be a very honest and raw interpretation of a very difficult time. What I found was so sad that I would often think of her even when I wasn't reading. Having had a wonderful childhood with two amazing parents, I couldn't imagine what her life must have been like. I'm only a year older than Theresa and while reading her story, I couldn't help bu ...more
My Little Book World
May 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is a sad and compelling look into the dysfunctional life Theresa lived growing up with a mother who is a schizophrenic. Her loving and active mother, Rainy, becomes someone Theresa no longer recognizes. As a child, Theresa does not understand mental illness and is often terrified of her mother’s actions. Theresa’s mother is hospitalized several times for schizophrenic episodes. The first few times, her grandmother was able to stay at their house to care for Theresa and her brother, Mik ...more
Apr 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: older teens through adults
Recommended to Gmr by: T.H. Waters
Though listed as a "novel", it reads true to life....prompting this reader to ask the question "was there truth mingled within the pages?". Yes, I literally asked that of the author when she contacted me in regards to a review. What can I say? I was curious. I mean the voice of the main character, though young was so strong. The emotions coming off of her in waves from the troubles her mother was going through. It was boggling her young mind and there was no sufficient answer to be handed back o ...more
Wisteria Leigh
GHELLOW ROAD, a literary diary will consume your attention from the first page. It is a coming of age story about a young girl named Theresa. Promoted as a novel, the author admits much is drawn from childhood experiences. You will find this to be a rich heartfelt novel of a family devastated by a mother with serious mental illness. I will forgo the short summary as it would spoil the reader’s experience, but instead offer a glimpse, as a prologue to a play about to unfold.

The story takes place
Jun 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ghellow Road, June 17, 2011
By Melinda Lucas "novel lover" (Seattle) - See all my reviews

This review is from: Ghellow Road (Paperback)
I just finished T. H. Water's Ghelow Road and while not as deftly written as a similar book:"The Glass Castle" it does grab you and doesn't let you go until she is good and ready to stop telling her story. Based upon childhood stories, Theresa (our novel's protagonist) is tested beyond her limitations by 2 mentally ill parents. At first the father is great at holdi
Mar 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: from-author
The story takes place in Minneapolis and International Falls, Minnesota.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I began this book, and I really kept my expectations low. However I found myself pleasantly surprised with the genuineness and honest humor used to share the author's story.

This story really hit home for me. Growing up, my best friend spent several years living in much the same way as the author, and I was the stable friend in her life.

While the circumstances may have differed, I could certa
Apr 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have a fondness of memoirs. I have read some that have been pretty raw and gritty, heart-breaking and mind boggling....but....I have never read one quite like Ghellow Road. Others have skimmed the surface, where Ghellow Road digs deep down into itself, and fleshes out the story of the life of Theresa Waters and her troubled family when she was a teenager, during the 70's and 80's.

She was a happy-go-lucky child, who was a "Daddy's Girl" and enjoyed living and growing up in her hometown of Minne
Alyssa Nelson
Jul 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir, nonfiction
Ghellow Road is a compelling story. It's raw, emotional, and beautiful. Waters doesn't hold back at all as she recounts her childhood in this novel. Personally, I was really able to relate to Theresa and some of her problems. When I was fairly young, my grandmother was diagnosed with dementia. She wasn't my main caregiver, but she did babysit my sisters and me about 3-4 days a week; dealing with her hallucinations and paranoia was a real chore, and it's something that's hard to explain to other ...more
Wendy Hines
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When Theresa was born, her parents simply adored her. She has an other brother, Mikie, and her life is pretty awesome. But then something happens - her mom becomes sick and Grandma has to step in and help out while mom is at the hospital. Her mother becomes sick quite frequently and has to stay in a hospital, and Theresa's dad does the best he knows how to be both a mom and dad to his children. The kids think their dad is pretty awesome.

But when mom starts talking to demons, she goes away for a
Jennifer Defoy
Nov 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I hate to start off saying this story is sad, because I know that's not the author's purpose. However there was so much to the story that was just sad. I cried a few times while reading it. There were quite a few high points in the story also, it's just that while I was reading this book I was in a mind frame that made me connect so much more with the sad stuff.

Despite the fact that it made me cry I do have to say that I really liked this book. It was very well written and I connected instantly
Apr 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Ghellow Road by T.H. Waters is a very emotionally charged memoir about one young girl’s journey through childhood to adolescence.

This is a tale of a family’s struggle with mental illness. Her mother is diagnosed with schizophrenia and is in and out of hospitals through out much of Water’s youth. Her father pitted against the ordeal of a sick wife and two children eventually takes his own life.

This book is filled with a roller-coaster of emotions as Waters takes you on her journey. At moments I
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Tomorrow could bring a brand new day and a fresh new start. But Mom would never see it like that. Instead she would move through it just like she always had, just as she always would. Living the moments of her life as though she had no past...or future."

This is the life that Theresa lives. A life with a schizophrenic mother, a brother who hates her, and a father who leaves her with just a late night drive to remember him by. Written by T.H. Waters about her true unique childhood experience, Ghe
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Ghellow Road tells the story of Theresa’s life from childhood to teenage is a sad, interesting read about family relationships.

The book takes the reader into the world of a child of a depressed mother, a patient, loving father, and a childhood that was anything but normal. Each time her mother was hospitalized, her father would have Grandma take care of them....all except one time, and she and her brother didn't know why. Dad had always been fun and upbeat until he lost his teaching
Allison *bookishinmpls* Bailey
May 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Initially, I was uncertain about reading this book because it is a little bit outside my comfort zone- I generally read to escape, and reading about pain and struggle is too close to the reading that I do for grad school and the harsh realities I see in my classroom.

However, I found myself genuinely enjoying this book- I didn't want to put it down. T.H. Waters tells her story in an engaging way with smooth transition, natural dialogue, and an excellent balance between detail and action. Although
Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it

Tera Waters had a hell of a childhood and in Ghellow Road we learn more about it than may really be good for us. It sure wasn’t good for her! Born to a schizophrenic mother and a father who didn’t really want to be there she grew up feeling unwanted, unloved and was basically both. Her brother had the sense to leave home when in his early teens but, Tera – well Tera hung in there, just like the loyal family dog. Not matter how bad you treat him, he always comes back.

That doesn’t sound too flatte
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
An emotional ride that left me sitting on a happy note – thank goodness.

I now have a love/hate relationship for memoirs – hear me out. I love knowing that the author is writing this book from within the framework of their own history and sharing some intimate secrets that may help me discover another person’s history and world. I hate that I know it is true, so when bad things happen, I can’t escape the feeling of wishing it had never happened to this person.

The life of this little girl who grad
Lindsay (Everyday Is An Adventure)
Wow, what a book! I am truly sorry to have to put this one down. What a truly compelling story, from beginning to end.

The author, I infer, is telling the story of her childhood and it is one filled with sadness, loneliness, and hardship - but she eventually rises above it all. This is a story that you fall into from the very beginning in their small modest house in what ended up being the most normal part of Theresa's childhood. You end with her entering the world after ten years of uncertainty
Oct 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The story is the tale of a woman recalling her childhood growing up in a home filled with love and turmoil. It is a story of how the woman manages to come of age like all of us, but in a home that is overtaken by mental illness. The story takes you in from the first page and you really feel part of Theresa's world. You feel the hope of the young girl, like when she is trying to win a radio contest so that she can send her mother to Lourdes to make her better, just because she has heard her mothe ...more
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
This Story Is About The Life Of A Family Told Through The Eyes Of A Brave Little Girl. She Was Born In The City Of Lakes, A Small Town In 1965 And Although She Loved Her Mama, It Was Her Dad That Showed Her A Strength She Never Knew She Had. They Were Happy Until "The Invisibles" Attacked Her Mom And Sent Her To A Mental Hospital. At Times Her Mom Would Get Better And Come Home Only It Would Not Last And She Was Gone Again. Theresa And Mikie Were Sent Across Town To A Foster Home When Their Gran ...more
McGuffy Morris
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Kids love gelatin in many shaky forms, colours and even shapes. But for some, childhood itself is like walking down a road of gelatin: shaky, with nothing to hold onto. Yet the resilience and capacity of perseverance of youth are amazing. Ms. Waters reminds us of this as we walk down Ghellow Road with her.

T. H. Waters recalls childhood in a very heartrending, moving story. Her ability to recollect images from childhood is acute. The sounds, sights, and smells of Ghellow Road are clear and vivid.
Mar 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
To read the description on the back of this book doesn’t even begin to help the reader understand the sadness and desperation that is this girl’s life. Born to a mother who is in and out of mental hospitals due to her severe schizophrenia and a father who desperately wants his children to have somewhat of a normal life, Theresa and her brother learn to take care of themselves at a very early age. When their father finally commits suicide, they go to live with their grandparents and a string of a ...more
Paula Ratcliffe
Apr 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book was definitely different you follow the story of Theresa as she battles with her ill mother who suffers from schizophrenia which seems to really make it hard to be a good mom, her father who bears the weight of the world, dealing with the kids Mikie and Theresa, and his sick of wife. When he can't bear it anymore he commits the unthinkable. The kids get up rooted to their mother's parents house, Mikie finally has enough and finds himself shunned out of the house to live with someone el ...more
Mar 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I was fortunate enough to be a First Reads winner of Ghellow Road! What a fantastic read, I would highly recommend this book/author and have become a tremendous fan of T.H.Waters!
Her ability to share such a personal experience as her own life, in such a way that I feel almost a kindred spirit to her and some of the life events shared. I found myself remembering events of my own struggles with growing pains and enjoying the pictures painted by her story.
The author also shone a light on subjects r
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