Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family


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"Don and Mimi Galvin seemed to be living the American dream. After World War II, Don's work with the Air Force brought them to Colorado, where [they had twelve chidlren] ... In those years, there was an established script for a family like the Galvins, ... and they worked hard to play their parts. But behind the scenes was a different story: ... by the mid-1970s, six of the ten Galvin boys, one after the other, were diagnosed as schizophrenic. How could all this happen to one family? What took place inside the house on ...

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Apr 30, 2020

A bit of a surprise

This was the fastest non-fiction book I've ever devoured.

His writing style is very readable. One of the few book lately I've read and not found myself 'making corrections'.

He outlines the family members in the beginning (book mark this page!) and lists the family members he will be discussing in that chapter; both of these quite the help with a cast this big.

I too grew up in a family with a schizophrenic sibling so was informative both about the disease and the effect on family members.

In the final chapters Robert Kolker discusses current status of research and pharmeceuticals.

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