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FREE DOWNLOAD ô The Back Building ð Iona Mueller arrives alone at the Willard Asylum for the Insane in this epic tale that spans a century Through the Mueller family we take a deep look at what it means to be mentally ill in the year 1915 and in the present dayBy the time she reached fifteen years old Iona had failed to become a “proper young laThere you were never seen againIona met James at the institution’s barn His kindness made the deprivation bearable He recognized that the violet hollows beneath her eyes the bruises on her arms and her apparent unraveling were the effect of the second ward A plan was put into place one that would remove Iona from harm’s way permanentlyIn present day it is Jenna a young relative of Iona’s who is plagued with mental illness Jenna’s odd behaviors bizarre language and confusion disrupt her once perfectly normal life Jenna’s family members trace their roots back to Iona in hopes of understanding their predisposition to mental illness The journey leads them to an amazing discovery of the suitcases left behind by hundreds of patients at the Willard Asylum. This is the 3rd novel I have read by Julie Dewey and it definitely rated much lower for me than the other 2 books I had read by her The Other Side of the Fence and I would have rated it 1 star if not for the fact that there were parts of it I did enjoy reading The first part of the novel which is about 14 year old Iona being committed to the Willard Hospital an insane asylum and her treatment there was interesting However after that the story goes downhill and parts of it were confusing as well There were gaps in the timeline such as no mention of Iona even being pregnant with her 3rd child Johnathan and then suddenly he is mentioned in the story Then the Iona's story ends abruptly and jumps to the story of teenager girl Jenna who is showing signs of mental illness The narrator seems to be Iona's granddaughter because she refers to Iona as her grandmother and Jenna is the granddaughter of the narrator which would mean a 4 generation gap In the story it is decided that Jenna's mental illness has a genetic link to Iona The writing style is very poor The sentences are often only vaguely descriptive of an event and there are many contradictions Although I'm sure many of the horrors Iona described were realistic to her situation the author's style of writing almost makes them seem unbelievableThere is only scant character development of Jonathan the young man Iona meets while she is at Willard and eventually marries Although he plays a crucial role in her life the reader is only shown glimpses of him at times of crisis His character did not seem very credible to meAlthough I think the author is trying to convey a portrayal of how the mentally ill were treated in earlier times in our country and the progress we've made I felt her portrayal of mental illness was poorly done inaccurate at times and much too simplistic One of the contradictions that bothered me was how the narrator states that her grandmother was insane but then in another part she states that she went on to live a normal life even though she continued to have delusions I do not consider that a normal life Also someone who is 'insane' doesn't usually recover without ongoing treatment of which there is absolutely no mention for Iona The reader is told that Jenna has bipolar schizophrenia There is no such diagnosis There is bipolar disorder and there is schizophrenia but they are 2 separate diagnoses As a nurse who has had experience working with people with mental illnesses the novel distressed me in its inaccuracies and misrepresentation


Iona Mueller arrives alone at the Willard Asylum for the Insane in this epic tale that spans a century Through the Mueller family we take a deep look at what it means to be mentally ill in the year 1915 and in the present dayBy the time she reached fifteen years old Iona had failed to become a “proper young lady” which profoundly concerned her parents Her one and only friend Hetty the family maid warned her not to disobey them but Iona couldn’t help herself Iona’s uirk of counting steps may have been overlooked but when her mother and father learned of her exploits in the woods near her home in Ithaca New York she was taken to the town doctor The doctor took one look at her self cut short mangled hair learned of her bizarre behavior and declared her. Worth readingI almost gave this a four and if the story had continued the way it started it would have easily gotten a 4 12 It started out very strong and for that alone I would say this book is definitely worth reading and I'm glad for experiencing it However I was disappointed with the second half and the purpose of the book kind of seemed to fall apart The author writes about mental illness very well and seems to have an excellent understanding of the many different symptoms that present with it Her characters with these challenges were very well developed but I felt the other characters were underdeveloped and flat James for instance a very crucial character to the plot had a backstory that was interesting but no real development He basically was whatever Iona needed him to be with no real conflict created by him He went along with everything accepted everything supported everything and never acted frustrated with Iona which just didn't seem very realistic to me Even the most loving individual is going to show signs of stress at timesFurther I thought the second half of the book could have been done without completely We never get to know Jenna specifically like we did Iona and in the end the small closure we get on her fate is unsatisfactory The whole point of the modern day story seems to be about fumbling through the past relating to Iona and making discoveries the reader already knew about Watching other characters find out the truth we already knew about Cat and Daniel a century after the fact was underwhelming and felt pointless The thing with the suitcases wasn't really surprising and the Back Building for which the book was named is never that important to the story I think a different name would have been better advised I'd much rather the story continued with the fates of Iona and Cat than move on to the modern story Though there's decent closure with Iona we start to wonder about Cat and then get information at the very end that makes us even curious about her fate but without answers Also there was this random segment with information about a character named GiGi that sounds promising and interesting but then there's no follow up That was strangeSo in conclusion ultimately a very interesting and enlightening story that I would recommend but I think it started to unravel at points I feel the author has the ability to make this a refined stronger story but for whatever reason didn't That was disappointing to me But still for all my critiues I think it's a very good story I binge read it in 2 days and appreciated the experience I suspect you will enjoy as well


The Back BuildingInsaneAt Willard Asylum on Seneca Lake there were plenty of activities to occupy her including the job she procured working in the barn Besides she knew she was not anything like the crazy patients that banged their heads against the cinder walls until they bled or ran naked through the hallways She was disobedient that was true and she would change If only her parents would accept her correspondence and allow her to return homeIona’s new roommate Cat made every night a fight for survival When Iona was caught trying to run away she was sent to the second ward where her fate was sealed Subject to tranuilizers and hydrotherapy ice baths and physical beatings Iona had only one thing on her mind She had to stay away from the back building Once you were placed. For anyone who has loved someone with mental illness however this book didn't transition well from one generation to the next It felt like the author got tired of writing about one person and moved to the next What happened to Iona's family and what happened to Jenna Very disjointed The biggest part of the story however as I wrote in my mother in law's eulogy Mental illness is not a choice and it is a disease