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Mad House: Growing Up in the Shadow of Mentally Ill Siblings
Clea Simon, the daughter and third child of a Long Island doctor and his artist wife, grew up in the shadow of two older siblings who suffered from mental illness. Her brother eventually committed suicide, her sister was in and out of institutions and eventually hid from the family. Simon describes the tremendous pressures on her as "the normal one," how the strange dynamics of her family affected her too, even as she made it to and through her father's ...