Everything Is Fine: A Memoir Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Grief, mental illness, and the bonds of family are movingly explored in this extraordinary memoir “suffused with emotional depth and intellectual inquiry” (Rachel Louise Snyder, author of No Visible Bruises) as a writer delves into the tragedy of his mother’s violent death at the hands of his brother who struggled with schizophrenia. Perfect for fans of An Unquiet Mind and The Bright Hour.
Vince Granata remembers standing in front of his suburban home in Connecticut the day his mother and father returned from the hospital with his three new siblings in tow. He had just finished scrawling their names in orange chalk on the driveway: Christopher, Timothy, and Elizabeth.
Twenty-three years later, Vince was a thousand miles away when he received the news that would change his life - Tim, propelled by unchecked schizophrenia, had killed their mother in their childhood home. Devastated by the grief of losing his mother, Vince is also consumed by an act so incomprehensible that it overshadows every happy memory of life growing up in his seemingly idyllic middle-class family.
“In candid, smoothly unspooling prose, Granata reconstructs life and memory from grief, writing a moving testament to the therapy of art, the power of record, and his immutable love for his family.” (Booklist)
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 37 minutes|
|Narrator||Sean Patrick Hopkins|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||April 27, 2021|
|Publisher||Simon & Schuster Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #27,825 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#44 in Schizophrenia (Books)
#76 in Grief & Loss (Audible Books & Originals)
#358 in Medical Psychology Pathologies
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I spent lots of my reading time in tears. Traveling through the years, from when the triplets first came home as infants to the suburban Orange, CT home where Claudia will eventually be murdered to worrying that a college aged Tim was suicidal or violent, the story of this family is filled out. The book began when the author is notified of his mother’s death. We understand more of Claudia, the Mom, through the author’s stories, her lists, her music choices, her collection of books on mental illness that Vince found after her death as she attempted to find a way to help her youngest son survive and thrive. There are no happily ever afters in this memoir but there is the courage and perseverance of this family to find a way through tragedy. Five Stars.
Granata has a captivating way of bringing you into his childhood, setting the background by laying the foundation leading up to the fateful day when one of his younger brothers, Tim, one of triplets, in a psychotic breakdown, kills their mother in their childhood home.
Vince explains how schizophrenia, a severe mental disorder, took control of Tim’s mind. And, how he was able to eventually separate their mother’s violent death to preserve the loving memories of her and their once-intact family as well as coming to terms with being able to forgive his brother.
The memoir is told from the perspective of a man who does not wish to erase his family, his past, his devoted mother, or the day he remembers his three newborn siblings coming home from the hospital where he excitedly welcomed them with a sidewalk chalk written message. Imagine the feat that it took to overcome the hurt, anger, and frustration to find forgiveness while coping with such massive grief. A family tragedy told with remarkable compassion and strength and enlightening in its understanding of mental illness.
Tragedy comes to many, some deny and flee while others choose to witness and learn. This is a critical gift for those who don't look away as a means to help others at least tolerate the fact of diseased minds.
Can't recommend it enough!