Kate Faraday, a young woman from a small town in Michigan, dreams of leaving her past behind her and moving to California. But when her schizophrenic mother is found dead in a ravine, Kate is forced to examine her conflicting emotions over her mother’s death, while coping with the demands of her alcoholic father and local residents who witnessed the shame of her childhood. In the end, Kate discovers that the most difficult relationship to reconcile is the one she has with herself.
When Red Is Blue is based on events that took place during Sabrynne McLain’s childhood and twenties. This intense character-driven story paints a vivid picture of the emotional trauma and self-esteem issues faced by children of dysfunctional parents, while leading the reader through a journey of self-discovery and self-acceptance. It received the 2012 Trophy Award from the NNAAMI for “a book or publication that has provided excellent understanding of the needs of young people and others who have a mentally ill parent.”
By: Sabrynne McLain
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