Wednesday, March 29, 2017
A Tragic Kind of Wonderful, by Eric Lindstrom
In all, a well-thought-out exploration of bipolar disorder that allows us to experience what that must feel like. For a rational person, that can make for tough reading as Mel behaves so erratically. Lindstrom probably could have had a lot of fun making her an unreliable narrator as well, but he never falls for the temptation. Instead, Mel's storytelling is remarkably lucid.
As a story, it's a fairly modest endeavor without much going on beyond a mental breakdown and some fairly unremarkable supporting characters -- the strength is really in the character-building of Mel.