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Book Title: The Moon Is Broken: A Mother's True Story|
The author of the book: Eleanor Craig
ISBN 13: 9780525934011
Edition: Dutton Books
Date of issue: February 1st 1992
Format files: PDF
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“God grant me to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” … The Serenity Prayer
“The Moon is Broken” (1992) is a re-issue classic from Endeavour Press by Eleanor Craig. A story of a mother’s unconditional love for her child, Craig shares her heart rending story of the loss of her oldest daughter Ann, an exceptionally bright and promising student at Brown University that suffered a mental breakdown in her senior year-- Craig, a psychotherapist and teacher, related the terrible dilemma she faced in being able to help the children of others, while failing to help her own.
When Craig and her husband Bill got the call to come for their daughter Ann, they raced to Brown University. Ann would need further mental health care and was admitted to a recommended premier mental health facility for several months. Ann was allegedly receiving the best care available, yet Craig saw minimal improvement.
Ann, stronger after a brief stay after transferring to another mental health program at Yale, contracted a FUO (Fever of Unknown Origin) and was hospitalized. She declined Craig’s offer to recuperate long term in her care at their home in Connecticut. Eventually Craig and Bill would separate and divorce. Bill would relocate to the Virgin Islands. Ann remained in the area only briefly, before deciding to relocate to NYC.
It helped when Craig was remarried Paul in August 1978. The couple combined business with a honeymoon celebration in Seoul, Korea, and blended their large family. With Craig’s busy family and work schedule, she always went to visit Ann when she called. Making several trips to NYC, Craig realized something was amiss with Ann. Ann would visit her home unannounced (sometimes with a gentleman friend) and then disappear back to NYC with months on end with no contact. Eventually Ann would open a popular LGBT nightclub in NYC with a friend that featured a host of female impersonators. This period of Ann’s life would lead her further down the darker path of addiction to hard street drugs.
The grip of addiction is fierce and powerful, despite Craig’s determination to put her daughter’s recovery above everything else, and a large blended family that loved and supported her unconditionally, we know that Ann didn’t make it. Craig’s story is one that needs to be told over and over, reminding us that even in a cycle of recovery and relapse there is still hope as each day begins anew.
*With thanks to Endeavour Press for the direct e-copy for the purpose of review.
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