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 January First

January First


<p>Michael Schofield&rsquo;s daughter January is at the mercy of her imaginary friends, except they aren&rsquo;t the imaginary friends that most young children have; they are hallucinations. And January is caught in the conflict between our world and their world, a place she calls Calalini.&#160; Some of these hallucinations, like &ldquo;24 Hours,&rdquo; are friendly and some, like &ldquo;400 the Cat&rdquo; and &ldquo;Wednesday the Rat,&rdquo; bite and scratch her until she does what they want.&#160; They often tell her to scream at strangers, jump out of buildings, and attack her baby brother.&#160; <br>&#160;<br>At six years old, January Schofield, &ldquo;Janni,&rdquo; to her family, was diagnosed with schizophrenia, one of the worst mental illnesses known to man.&#160; What&rsquo;s more, schizophrenia is 20 to 30 times more severe in children than in adults and in January&rsquo;s case, doctors say, she is hallucinating 95 percent of the time that she is awake. Potent psychiatric drugs that would level most adults barely faze her.&#160;<br><br>A<i> New York Times </i>bestseller,<i> January First</i> captures Michael and his family's remarkable story in a narrative that forges new territory within books about mental illness. In the beginning, readers see Janni&rsquo;s incredible early potential: her brilliance, and savant-like ability to learn extremely abstract concepts. Next, they witnesses early warning signs that something is not right, Michael&rsquo;s attempts to rationalize what&rsquo;s happening, and his descent alongside his daughter into the abyss of schizophrenia.&#160; Their battle has included a two-year search for answers, countless medications and hospitalizations, allegations of abuse, despair that almost broke their family apart and, finally, victories against the illness and a new faith that they can create a life for Janni filled with moments of happiness.&#160; <br>&#160;<br>A compelling, unsparing and passionate account, <i>January First</i> vividly details Schofield&rsquo;s commitment to bring his daughter back from the edge of insanity.&#160; It is a father&rsquo;s soul-baring memoir of the daily struggles and challenges he and his wife face as they do everything they can to help Janni while trying to keep their family together.&#160;</p>

Book Details


Crown Pub


Aug 07, 2012





Age Level

General Adult