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Mom, There Is No-One In The Attic

Author: S. R.Lopez

Publisher: Independently published

ISBN 10: 1083176935
ISBN 13: 978-1083176936

"Mom, There Is No-One In The Attic" is a real-life story of a schizophrenic mother, Sevgi and her two children, Su and Deniz. It recounts their daily life, which is blighted by the mother’s disorientation, distress and struggles, in a captivating story. The family lives in the capital of Turkey, Ankara. The fifteen-year-old daughter, Su, finds herself in the middle of some strange events. One morning, her mother disappears, taking some of the children’s novels that Su was most fond of. Soon after, Su discovers that her mom, who had previously read the books, struggles to differentiate fantasy from reality and experiences scenes and situations from the books as if they were real. That episode is a turning point; it makes Su understand for the very first time that something is wrong with her mother. Despite growing up in a dysfunctional family, the daughter and thirteen-year-old son, Deniz, find peace and compassion in their grandma’s house. During the school holidays Grandma Kumru’s kind-hearted personality and hospitality help the children cope with the absence of the parental support they crave. The lives of the family members take a dramatic turn when they unexpectedly move into Grandma Kumru’s house. Kumru’s existence irritates Sevgi so deeply that she kicks Kumru out of her own home. The father then decides to leave with his mother, and quickly files for divorce; the family falls apart. The two children and their Mom now have very little income to support themselves. The situation is tough: Su and Deniz try to keep studying, and Sevgi desperately looks for a job. However, her condition doesn’t allow her to work; her perception of reality is now seriously distorted. Sevgi starts hearing voices coming from the attic, and believes there is a man living up there. Her behavior becomes increasingly strange: she throws away all the green objects in the house, and she stops calling her children by their names, which for some reason irritate her as well. Gradually, things spiral out of control and the children have to leave their mother. Sevgi struggles to find a permanent place to live, so she is tossed from one place to another: a women’s shelter, abandoned houses, rented rooms in shanty towns and dark basement apartments, always in deprived areas. She starts to adopt street cats in an attempt to overcome her loneliness. Although her quality of life improves with the medication, there are still many challenges for her out there. Written in first-person narrative, the daughter shares her first-hand experience of being a family member of a schizophrenia patient in a touchingly honest way. She hopes to generate some sympathy for schizophrenia patients, as well as to raise awareness of the continuous challenges that their family members face.