Dancing with Rachel

Dancing with Rachel Voices torment the first narrator David an ex football player just trying to make a life for himself He calls his auditory hallucinations The Chorus They have names and even personalities While na ve

  • Title: Dancing with Rachel
  • Author: Ken Montrose
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 164
  • Format: ebook
  • Voices torment the first narrator, David an ex football player just trying to make a life for himself He calls his auditory hallucinations The Chorus They have names and even personalities While na ve staff members claim the voices aren t real, David knows otherwise He can hear The Chorus clearly He can point to where they are coming from How could they not be realVoices torment the first narrator, David an ex football player just trying to make a life for himself He calls his auditory hallucinations The Chorus They have names and even personalities While na ve staff members claim the voices aren t real, David knows otherwise He can hear The Chorus clearly He can point to where they are coming from How could they not be real Taylor, the other narrator and David s therapist, struggles to stay sober and fight off depression while his wife lies in a coma He bounces between his job at St Joe s, a psychiatric hospital, and the adjoining Lazard Memorial Hospital s Extended Care Unit Taylor spends much of his time traveling the cold, antiseptic tunnel between the two hospitals, always seeing the light at the end, but knowing he s far underground Their lives intersect on an inpatient psychiatric unit run by Dr Rainey, the medical equivalent of an absentee landlord While at the State Hospital, David meets a patient who knew Doc Rainey when he was an intern struggling with his own boundary issues Regulars on this unit include Tom, a rapist and master manipulator, whose benign appearance hides true evil David describes him a cross between Fred Rogers and a serial killer A patient named Simon wants nothing than to find peace with God His size and religious fervor make him the perfect cat s paw for Tom This scares David s ex girlfriend and fellow patient Monica, as well as their friend Kai The one patient not afraid of Tom or Simon is Marc, an entrepreneurial genius suffering from bipolar disorder As Taylor worries about David, Taylor s friends worry about him They watch his spirits and his weight drop as he wrestles with his own demons An insurance company balking at the cost of a new respirator for his wife doesn t help Life outside the hospital can be chaotic, especially within Kai s family His father, a born middle manager nicknamed BiMM, declares bankruptcy, accuses his mother of killing his father, and refuses to believe his wife had an affair Kai has no doubt his grandmother tampered with the garage door lock, trapping Kai s grandfather inside He s not at all upset when they find the old racist asphyxiated, but he wonders if he s the only sane person in his family.

    One thought on “Dancing with Rachel”

    1. I found it hard to get involved in this story because the characters, frankly, were not particularly interesting. The two central figures, Taylor and David, were problematic on several levels, the most seriously flawed being David, who suffers from schizophrenia but displays none of the actual symptoms other than hearing voices.

    2. Author has an unusual writing style. I felt the way he described the experiences from the perspective of several different characters lent to one's questioning of what was real or what was imagined. I did, however, feel the back story of Rachel's medical issues was actually a little distracting and her recovery was surprising, considering the diagnosis. Overall, I enjoyed this work and while I wouldn't call it a page-turner, I did look forward to the unfolding of the story.

    3. Excellent writingThis is a tremendous book, by an author with exceptional understanding of mental illness and it's ugly realities in current health care. It is also encouraging and hopeful in its presentation of brain trauma and recovery.The plot is excellent, even if a little overdone in the ending.I wish every person could read this book.

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