As a reader I tend to gravitate toward fictional stories mostly due to enjoying the escape into an entirely new world. As the famous quote by George R.R. Martin states, “a reader lives a thousand lives…”. Because of this, I often find myself not diving into many non-fiction books or memoirs, unless it’s about a topic that I’m truly interested in. Having said all this, I am so happy that I was given a copy of Hurry Down Sunshine by Michael Greenberg to review, as I would have been missing out if I overlooked this book.
Hurry Down Sunshine is the recounting by Michael Greenberg of his daughter who, at the age of fifteen was “stuck mad”. What follows is a heartbreaking first person account of a father watching his daughter experience a manic episode, psychiatric treatment, medication side effects, and the stigma that tends to follow mental illness. The authors’ writing style really drew me in and made me feel like I was observing his journey, his confusion, his sadness, and his anger.
As a mental health counselor myself, I am very well versed in psychiatric diagnoses. What Hurry On Down shows us as readers, however, is the emotional toll that mental illness can take on a family, as well as the individual. Michael Greenberg was able to convey in a beautiful way the struggle between wanting to help and having no idea how to do so. I would highly recommend this book.
Join us in Toronto, Canada on April 3rd as GBC Founder, Erin Woodward, sits down with authors Pam Jenoff, Molly Fader, and Hannah Mary McKinnon for a panel discussion and Q&A. 100% of proceeds will be donated to Canadian Women’s Foundation.