Friday, April 22, 2005

I was just going to start Hello To All That: A Memoir of War, Zoloft, and Peace by John Falk, but I ended up staying up late to finish it. Falk splits his narrative, alternating chapters between his struggle with depression that began when he was 12 and his time in Sarajevo as a freelance war correspondent with a year's supply of Zoloft packed in a sock. He describes as best he can the disconnect and despair he experienced all through his teenage years and the amazing turnaround Zoloft provided him. It's a testament to his writing that these chapters stand up to those that cover his year in Sarajevo, although once he meets the "antisniper" Vlado they do become less compelling. We learn about his family and their support of him and how he discovered that just because his brain chemistry was normalized by the drug, it didn't mean he automatically knew how to function and connect with people again. It was a quick read and I enjoyed it a lot.

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