High Clear Bell of Morning

High Clear Bell of Morning

Book - 2014
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High Clear Bell of morning is the gripping tale of a father's love and the extent to which he will go to protect his daughter. Ruby's life begins to unravel when she hears voices coming from her closet. It isn't long before they are with her all the time. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, her treatment goes awry when she meets a drug dealer, Kenny, in group therapy. He introduces her to cocaine, and then heroin, and within a short space of time she is ready to do almost anything for a drug that makes her feel alive. Unwilling to let her go, her father, Glen, follows Ruby through the streets, catching glimpses of the horror-filled world in which his daughter now resides. Desperate to comprehend her illness, he finds parallels between Ruby and his job as a marine biologist, particularly in the mysterious death of a young whale, found with a body full of chemicals. In a struggle to get his daughter back, Glen commits an unthinkable act that could cause him to lose everything else that has ever mattered to him.
Publisher: Madeira Park, BC :, Douglas & McIntyre,, [2014]
Description: 255 pages ; 23 cm
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781771620239
Branch Call Number: Erik


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Jun 14, 2017

This is a wonderful, timely, thought provoking book, one I almost missed. One hundred or so pages in when Kenny foreshadowed darker things, I wondered if I had the stomach for it. So, I read the last chapter. It was beautifully written, convincing me to continue , and I am glad I did.

patcumming Jun 05, 2015

Looks at the complexities and difficulties of parenting a child with mental illness. Tied into the environmental plight of killer whales. Interesting read.

endora Apr 14, 2015

This book is well deserving of its place as one of the Vancouver Sun Top 10 reads of 2014. Informative and emotional, an excellent story.

LaughingOne Apr 30, 2014

Strong writing about mental illness and how a family does and does not cope when one of them develops a mental illness. Observations by Ruby, the daughter with the mental illness, and by the rest of her family, show how difficult and practically unbearable all their lives are. There is a somewhat parallel story about the lives of the killer whales who live in the Salish Sea, and whom the father Glen studies, as a marine biologist. This is an excellent and difficult-to-read book.

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