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Last Night I Sang to the Monster

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"'I donít like remembering. Remembering makes me feel things. I donít like feeling things,' writes Zach as a homework assignment from his therapist at the outset of this psychologically intense novel. Tracing 18-year-old Zachís somewhat disjointed but utterly candid monologue during his stint at an institution, readers will feel his fear as he remembers the events leading to his hospitalization and meet his 'monster,' the unnamed force that appears in his dreams. But breaking through the chaos of Zachís internal world are two remarkable individuals: his fatherly roommate, Rafael, and therapist, Adam, whose determination to make Zach whole again never falters. Zachís progress advances in small steps, and there are plenty of setbacks. Fellow patients who have become his friends leave suddenly, and the sadness of other lost souls is nearly too much for Zach. However, the good that comes from his struggles far outweighs the dark moments.

Offering insight into addiction, dysfunction and mental illness, particularly in the wake of traumatic events, SŠenzís (He Forgot to Say Goodbye) artful rendition of the healing process will not soon be forgotten. Ages 14Ėup. (Sept.)"
- September 28, 2009 

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