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Leaf McCrum is known as a writer of mental health themed novels. Among the portraits that hang in the human psyche is the near impossible story of recovery from mental illness few know so intimately but are curious about from a safe distance. In this cerebral novel Leaf McCrum a Latino writer born in Mexico and raised partially in Texas, takes us on a journey that unfolds beautifully in a world of day programs, nonprofits
I heard the sounds of the city calling me – though screaming would be a more accurate word – I got out of bed nonetheless. I headed right to the bathroom because I had plans for the day, and it was already past 10 a.m. A quick shower, some gel in my hair, and I was ready to face the day. I lightly walked on the floor, heading towards the kitchen for a quick breakfast before I left when I heard my mom’s loud voice from her room. I got the peanut butter and jam out of the refrigerator and sat on the dining table, fixing myself a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
The answer to my previous question was if we are talking precisely, precisely 33 minutes and 24 seconds. I thought a person could spend hours locked inside a bathroom if they wanted; I knew I could. But that was in case you didn’t get cops called on you, which is what happened in my case. I knew that this time I had gone on and done it. Slapping my own mother? What was I thinking? This definitely counted as abuse, and I wouldn’t blame my little sister if she was the one that had called the cops. Maybe I would’ve had the same reaction if I had seen my crazy brother hit my mom right in the face.
As I walked my way alone through the familiar streets, I surprisingly felt very foreign. There were many people around, and the painful truth of my existence was so different from everyone else’s was so vivid and clear. Everyone had someone by their side, and those who didn’t were too busy and engrossed in whatever they were doing to care. Everyone had something to do, a purpose in their life. But what was I doing? My feet started to get heavy with each step I took. Why did I have to be so messed up? I knew my mom was a good person, and she must be worried about me, so was it really me at fault all along?
I was greeted by a woman who looked like she was in her 60s. The lights inside the house were mostly turned off, except for the porch light, even though it was still dark since it was hardly dawn yet. A younger woman accompanied the woman, both dressed in pajamas, as if they’d just gotten out of bed. “Is this the boy?” The older woman asked the police officer with me, with a stern expression on her face. “Yes, he is Bob.” The officer turned to me. “Bob, this is Ms. Brenda. She is the owner of this place, and that’s Emily, her assistant.” He pointed at the younger girl. “Nice to meet you,” I said, extending my hand to Ms. Brenda. She took my hands without hesitation and shook them.
The book ‘Resilience’ by Leaf McCrum is a beautiful and inspiring story of a young man named Bob. Leaf McCrum, through the story of ‘Resilience’, gives amazing insights into the life of a person who faces mental health problems and eventually falls into the traps of demotivating events. The book shows how unpredictable life is and how miserable humans get in the flow of these circumstances life hits us with. However, through this book, Leaf also shows Bob’s life-changing journey where he meets all sorts of people and, in the end discovers the true purpose of his life through one of these people. Leaf McCrum has wonderfully presented each character in this book and how they are connected to Bob and influence his life. The book shows the actual struggles a person with mental health problems faces and how mental health programs can change the life of such a person. It is a must-read if you want an emotional ride with awakening on the challenges of life.
A must-read book, showing the harsh realities of life.
Life is not a piece of cake. And this book makes you understand this well.
Everyone of us faces mental health problem at some point in life or at some level. But we are scared of our mental issues. Rather than treating we tend to hide them. And this is where the problems start. This book has truly revealed what people with mental health issues deal on daily basis and how a help can change a whole life of a person.
Through this book Leaf McCrum does a great job in making mental health issues understand to the people and also inspire people to help such people around them.