The Back Building review Î 103

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There you were never seen againIona met James at the institution’s barn His kindness made the deprivation bearable He recognized that the violet hollows beneath her eyes the bruises on her arms and her apparent unraveling were the effect of the second ward A plan was put into place one that would remove Iona from harm’s way permanentlyIn present day it is Jenna a young relative of Iona’s who is plagued with mental illness Jenna’s odd behaviors bizarre language and confusion disrupt her once perfectly normal life Jenna’s family members trace their roots back to Iona in hopes of understanding their predisposition to mental illness The journey leads them to an amazing discovery of the suitcases left behind by hundreds of patients at the Willard Asylum. This is a really good book I could hardly put it down It is based on a true story so that makes it interesting Any book that can keep your interest at the same time that it educates you is worth taking the time to read

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The Back BuildingIona Mueller arrives alone at the Willard Asylum for the Insane in this epic tale that spans a century Through the Mueller family we take a deep look at what it means to be mentally ill in the year 1915 and in the present dayBy the time she reached fifteen years old Iona had failed to become a “proper young lady” which profoundly concerned her parents Her one and only friend Hetty the family maid warned her not to disobey them but Iona couldn’t help herself Iona’s uirk of counting steps may have been overlooked but when her mother and father learned of her exploits in the woods near her home in Ithaca New York she was taken to the town doctor The doctor took one look at her self cut short mangled hair learned of her bizarre behavior and declared her. It started strong ish but the second half of the book had me constantly checking how much was left The initial story about Iona was interesting and you could look past the terrible writing style because the story at the heart of it was interesting especially since I spent a few years working in the Finger Lakes and had heard stories about Willard To me Willard is the interesting part of the story and how someone who leaves a mental institution like that is able or unable to adjust and deal with life outside those walls So everything after Iona's story ends was somewhat boring and lacked the needed intrigue I think the idea of the book having now finished was to focus on the stigma associated with mental illness and how things havehaven't changed But the way the dialogue was written in the latter half and the terrible way that everything read was a major turn off the first half was in Iona's head and lacked dialogue The poor writing made reading the book too painful to really think much about the point which is a shame The book could have benefited from a better editor and would have been even better if set in the present day with flashbacks to Iona's story as the family pieced together her history paralleling Jenna's decline to Iona's better showcasing the treatment options used in the different generationsIt honestly makes me mad because it could have been so much better and the author had a solid story to work with my justification for the 2 stars What a waste

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The Back Building review Î 103 ï Iona Mueller arrives alone at the Willard Asylum for the Insane in this epic tale that spans a century Through the Mueller family we take a deep look at what it means to be mentally ill in the year 1915 and in the present dayBy the time she reached fifteen years old Iona had failed to become a “proper young lady” InsaneAt Willard Asylum on Seneca Lake there were plenty of activities to occupy her including the job she procured working in the barn Besides she knew she was not anything like the crazy patients that banged their heads against the cinder walls until they bled or ran naked through the hallways She was disobedient that was true and she would change If only her parents would accept her correspondence and allow her to return homeIona’s new roommate Cat made every night a fight for survival When Iona was caught trying to run away she was sent to the second ward where her fate was sealed Subject to tranuilizers and hydrotherapy ice baths and physical beatings Iona had only one thing on her mind She had to stay away from the back building Once you were placed. For anyone who has loved someone with mental illness however this book didn't transition well from one generation to the next It felt like the author got tired of writing about one person and moved to the next What happened to Iona's family and what happened to Jenna Very disjointed The biggest part of the story however as I wrote in my mother in law's eulogy Mental illness is not a choice and it is a disease