Ghellow Road is a literary diary of a young girl's journey through the tangled labyrinth that is her life. Theresa's story begins in a large midwestern city where she is born to loving parents in 1965. For a brief moment in time, her life is full, as is her heart, and the world is hers to receive without consequence. As time passes and Theresa grows, supernatural forces begin to shape her existence, no matter how carefully her father colors the empty spaces of her world. After a series of tragic events, Theresa and her family seek refuge in a small Minnesota town nestled near the shores of Rainy Lake. She creates a new life for herself there, sharing adventures with friends and riding the ups and downs of adolescence. Yet through it all, her mother remains forever lost in the prison of her own mind and forever lost to Theresa. The young girl feels as though she is leading a double life, one that no one else could possibly understand. She begins to peer at the world as if looking through a thick, black veil, never certain which pieces are illusion and which are not. Through the kindness and support of the townspeople, She eventually summons the strength to survive. This is a story of tragedy and triumph. This is the story of my life.
So begins T H Waters memoir, Ghellow Road. I have to tell you that I really enjoyed reading this book. We are close to the same age so this brought back a lot of memories for me. The book is well written and I would lose myself in it. I was sad when it ended. I know what it's like to grow up with a mentally ill parent. Unlike Theresa, I never got a break because they never sent my parent away. It is odd when you visit a "normal" household. You become envious of your friend's families. Anyway...Read it! I think you will enjoy reading Ghellow Road.
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Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post although I did receive a free book in order to facilitate my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.