(From the publisher):
Alba Elliot is tired of being crazy. In and out of Abenaki Mental Hospital more than a dozen times in ten years, and fed up with diagnoses that come without cures and a life organized by a days-of-the-week pill case, the twenty-five-year-old children's book writer is waiting for a miracle.
Oscar Jameson, a thirty-year-old drug addict, is not looking for anything so profound. Oscar doesn't believe he has a problem, and resents the counselors, the other addicts, and his brother, all of whom insist he belongs there. The only activities Oscar looks forward to are the spirited, sarcastic conversations that have begun with Alba on the hospital lawn.
Then one day, in the back pages of a hospital library book, Alba finds a letter written seventy years earlier but never sent. Mary Doherty, who was committed by her husband and taken from her children, left behind secret missives about the atrocities done to her and her belief in an ancient healing power. As Alba pieces together Mary's heartbreaking chronicle, she begins to set her hopes on a different kind of medicine.
Original title: Love in the Asylum
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Mental Illness