Kiss Me Over The Garden Gate
Author: Alexis Popik
Genre: Non Fiction - Health - Fitness
Date Published: May 15, 2013
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Alexis Popik's book Kiss Me Over the Garden Gate is a very insightful and stirring book.
Richard Stone has just accepted a new job in LA and moved his family there. The boxes have not been unpacked when Richard disappears and the family delves into the cycle of diagnosis and treatment of bipolar disorder.
Clare and her sons soon have support from three unlikely places. Each of these characters brings their own helpful friendship to Clare, Matt and Adam. The road to Richard's diagnosis and treatment is a long one, but one where Popik pulls the reader in and you travel with them. There are the trials that each of Richard's family members go through that are indicative of a family dealing with mental issues on a day to day basis. Like many families, the Stone's have been dealing with Richard's eccentric ways with no name to put to them. After Richard begins treatment, many things come to light and explains his behavior.
Richard also finds support from a fellow bipolar sufferer. Bob is the glue that Richard needs in his time of recovery. Bob can understand the many feelings and anxieties that Richard suffers from. These two men forge a very strong friendship that warms your heart.
Popik addressed bipolar disorder, but dwelt on the family and their trials as much as the patient.
A really good read for all, but expecially those touched by mental illness within their family.