I enjoyed this story a lot. Characters were real and relatable. Iris Dart did a good job in portraying the things a person with mental illness has to deal with, while at the same time making her characters likable and making you truly care about them, and care how the story ends. Very good book.
From the mega-bestselling author of Beaches, a new novel, available in mass market for the first time, once again celebrating female relationships. Two very different women fulfil a childhood promise to take care of one another no matter what.
Dahlia Green is a struggling songwriter in Los Angeles who has fallen on hard times. She's had few of her songs recorded, but lately there's been a long pause between sales and she's starting to believe she'll never sell another song.
As a child Dahlia and her cousin Annie wrote duets together as child play. Then Annie was diagnosed with schizophrenia and for all of her adult life has cycled in and out of mental hospitals where no one ever goes to visit her. Now twenty-five years later Dahlia has a chance to shine again by selling a song she and Annie wrote. So she tracks Annie in an institution and brings her home in hopes of convincing her to sign away her rights to the tune. But what starts out as a scheme to get ahead and exploit her cousin results in Dahlia putting someone else's needs above her own for the first time in her life. She fulfils a childhood promise made long ago to take care of one another no matter what.
I found this book a very easy read. I also was surprised that i liked it as much as i did. The author has written it so it is so easy to follow the lives of the people involved with this story. It has suspense and is funny, also lets some light into a life of a family with a daughter that is a beautifully talented girl who has been diganosed as plunging into a nightmare of solitude and schizophrenia. Sunny and Dahlia are cousins that were seperated by time and the illness, but now Dahlia is looking for Sunny and what she finds is a heartbreak. Can she help her? Can they help each other? This was a very worth while read.
This is written by the author of the book, Beaches. What I thought was the best part of the book was her sensitive and beautiful treatment of the characters who were struggling with their illnesses. And how they were perhaps more in touch with their humanity than the other characters.