Friday, October 23, 2009
San Antonio, TX - Oct 6, 2009 - Author Jen Knox announces the release of her new memoir entitled, Musical Chairs.
Musical Chairs is candid, darkly humorous and wholly engaging. Taking place in Ohio, this gripping memoir recounts the story of a runaway girl and the family that stood by her. After being struck by a severe panic disorder in 2003, Jen begins to explore her past. In doing so, she becomes enamored by the mysterious nature of her family's history.
She discovers a pattern of mental health diagnoses and searches to define the cusp between her '90s working-class childhood and the trouble of adapting to a comfortable life in the suburbs. Inspired by the least likely source, the family she left behind, Jen attempts to reconcile with this past. She reflects upon years of strip-dancing, alcoholism, and estrangement while maintaining impressive narrative control.
This story is about identity, class, family ties, and the elusive nature of mental illness.
I am having a difficult time writing this review since I just didn't "get" this book. I just missed the point of it. I know it's a memoir but I just didn't feel much other than confusion and disjointedness.
Thank you to Bostick Communications for providing this book for reading and reviewing. You can learn more about the author at Musical Chairs