This true story brings to life the experiences of one large family before and after the onset of mental illness. Using a mix of narrative, photographs, emails and pictures of various cherished objects, the book takes the reader into the author's world of caring for her younger brother Paul, who suffered from schizophrenia and then lung cancer.
Both universal and personal, Katherine Dering'sShot in the Headis the story of a family just barely holding on. Dering unspools her story with urgent compassion and grace." Elizabeth Eslami, Author ofBone WorshipandHibernate and the 2013 winner of the Ohio State University Prize inShort Fiction I virtually read Ms. Dering's book through in one sitting. She did a magnificent job. This eye-opening account of the realities of having a seriously mentally ill family member should be at the top of the "must read" list for anyone involved with, or otherwise interested in, improving mental health services for those who are most in need. Fred Frese, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychiatry Northeast Ohio Medical University Coordinator, Recovery Project So powerful and emotional." -Ann Cloonan, Director, Bedford Free Library, Bedford, NY. You will fall in love with the Flannery clan, who stepped up to support their brother Paul throughout his sad journey with schizophrenia........a readable and important book -Randye Kaye, author, Ben Behind His Voices: One Family's Journey from the Chaos of Schizophrenia to Hope"