“But all the chartreuse buds on the new spring branches are also the brown crispy leaves that blow to the ground in the fall. It’s natural. It’s the way life works.”
– from “Mental”
“Mental” by Marie K Johnston is a new novel about one young woman’s recovery from, and triumph over, a past of incest trauma. Lillith Stuart, in college and writing a novella for a workshop class, writes that she is concerned about her twin sister’s mental health.
Eve, as her twin sister is known, is a 22 year old woman suffering from a nervous breakdown that has cause her to go on a medical leave from her position as a high school English teacher–she has gone from graduating early and with honors from her university at 19 to gradually not being able to get out of bed, and no one has a good explanation for this turn…
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(As it appears on back of First Edition of “Mental”)
Marie K Johnston (aka Kristen M McCurry) is a novelist, poet, visual artist and website creator. You can learn more about her life and art here, on http://www.MarieKJohnston.com and on http://www.BipolarLifer.com. She is a 41 year old married mother of one living in a little arty town just northwest of Houston, TX. She was educated at The University of Texas at at Austin and Cornell University, wrote for Walmart.com and Rice University’s Web and Print Division, and taught high school English for ten years until she married. This is her second novel. Her first novel, “Leaves Subsiding (2010),” published under pen name M. Yoshida McCurry, debuted in 2010, and appears on http://www.MarieKJohnston.com and http://www.Amazon.com.
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