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Doesn't feel like it was written for us readers.
Reviewed in the United States on August 23, 2021
This book seems to have been written more for the author, as a way of helping him process his grief, rather than with a reading audience in mind.
In Vince Granata's memoir, EVERYTHING IS FINE, he tries to make sense of his Mother's violent murder, at the hands of his younger brother. I am nor sure he is actually writing for us faceless readers, as much as he is writing for himself.
His brother was schizophrenic and in the grips of psychosis when he strangled, stabbed, and bludgeoned Mom with two sledge hammers. There is no making sense of a senseless act, but we are able to understand how it happened and why it happened.
Vince's family was educated, extremely close, and loved each other. Both parents were doctors, although the Mom had not practiced since becoming a stay at home Mom, dedicated to raising Vince and his 3 younger. siblings (triplets).
Even in a loving family, with both parents medically trained, and all of their children in college, these parents were not equipped to navigate the mental illness that is Schizophrenia. The system for supporting the severely mentally ill is inadequate, at best.
Unlike his siblings, Vince continued to support his brother, following the murder. He did not hold him responsible for his mental illness.
Much of this book is about Vinces attempt to process his grief and pain. It is a very private look into a terrible tragedy. I found it interesting, but not really enjoyable. That is not necessarily related to the horrific subject matter. As I said, this seems to have been written more for the author, than for us readers that do not know the family. It meanders a bit and for much of it the author is unsure of his own feelings or how to come to terms with his grief. Writing this book was his way of coming to terms with his anguish.