28-year-old Carly Gantry's half-hearted suicide attempt, the proverbial "cry for help," doesn't produce the effect she wanted. Instead of sympathetic attention, she discovers the world of modern mental health care—indifferent treatment entirely dependent on insurance coverage. Unfortunately, Carly has a lot of issues. Evicted from her apartment, Carly is forced to move in with her parents and deal with her mother, a recluse who speaks entirely in Carly Simon lyrics. She has alienated her staunchest ally—her sister Tate, the lead singer of the self-described angry lesbian band Menstrual Vengeance, and nearly gotten herself fired from her job. In the hospital, Carly befriends Meryl, a fellow patient who has racked up so many hours in mental health treatment she deserves a frequent flier card. What Carly doesn't know is that Meryl is far more troubled than she appears to be.
Carly pins all of her hopes on Dr. Bob—a sportscaster turned pop psychologist, but is devastated when her appearance on his popular talk show turns into a nationally televised study in humiliation and ridicule. Reeling from the aftermath, Carly learns that her mother, in an obvious state of mental confusion, has disappeared, and Meryl has committed suicide. This pulls Carly out of her complacent malaise and forces her to confront the debilitating and deadly side of what has become America's favorite excuse: depression. Carly must learn to heal herself in order to find her mother and bring healing to her family.
Comedy right? Like Ordinary People crossed with Rocky.
this smacks of an issue driven novel.
My thoughts on those are well known.
Story comes first.
and spare me from "complacent malaise" as a description of mental illness.