Bright, inquisitive, and excited about her life ahead, Alice Laxton seems no different from any other college girl. But when a genetic time bomb detonates, strange experiences threaten to break her grip on reality. Carlson weaves a raw yet poignant tale of one woman's journey through schizophrenia toward hope, recovery, and spiritual healing. 384 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.
Sliding into the Rabbit Hole… Would She Ever Return?
On the surface, Alice Laxton seems no different from any other college girl: bright, inquisitive, excited about the life ahead of her. But for years, a genetic time bomb has been ticking away. Because of Alice’s near-genius intelligence, teachers and counselors have always made excuses for her “little idiosyncrasies.” But during a stress-filled senior year at college, a new world of voices, visions, and unexplainable “knowledge” causes Alice to begin to lose her grip on reality.
As Alice’s schizophrenia progresses, she experiences a disturbing religious “awakening,” believing that God and angels and demons are speaking to her. When others attempt to intervene, Alice is subjected to a wide range of “treatments” even more frightening and painful than her illness.
Powerfully raw and brutally honest, Finding Alice is a story of individual suffering and hope, a family’s shared ordeal, and a search for true mental and spiritual healing.
Melody Carlson has published over ninety books for children, teens, and adults, many of which have appeared on bestseller lists and won writing awards. She and her husband have two grown sons and live in Central Oregon.