By Greg Bottoms
A taut, robust memoir of insanity, Angelhead files the violent, drug-addled descent of the author's brother, Michael, into schizophrenia. starting with Michael's first psychotic break—seeing God in his suburban bed room window whereas excessive on LSD—Greg Bottoms recounts, in gripping, dramatic prose, the weird disappearances, suicide makes an attempt, and the surprising crime that land Michael within the psychiatric wing of a greatest protection criminal. a piece of nonfiction with the shape and imagery of a singular, Angelhead allows the reader to witness not just the fragmenting of a brain, yet of a family members as well.
"A tour-de-force memoir. . . . Bottoms writes like a poet, he writes like he's on fire."—Esquire, ebook of the yr, 2000
"Angelhead is a superb, albeit inconceivably unhappy ebook. the truth that Bottoms survived the ordeal is extraordinary. however the indisputable fact that he may perhaps write approximately it with such pathos and perception is not anything lower than extraordinary."—Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Greg Bottoms has supplied a biographical novel approximately his brother which may be as shut as so much folks will ever get to realizing what it really is to be really mad. Angelhead is a narrative approximately as terrifying because the illness it describes."—Psychology Today
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