Summer of Gloria Madness

Summer of Glorious Madness Reviews

"Summer of Glorious Madness is a novel of stunning and poignant beauty.  Christy Yorke's lyrical, brilliant storytelling once again delivers a perfect diamond of a book."  Deborah Smith

"A stunning novel, deep and compelling...I couldn't put it down."  Luanne Rice

Acclaimed author Christy Yorke brings us her new, life-affirming novel about a psychiatrist and her patient-a man whose impulsive belief in the inherent insanity of love awakens her to an irresistible garden of delight.

Dr. Elizabeth Shreve has kept her emotions in check while her fifteen-year marriage to Will-a successful surgeon-deteriorated.  Finally, she tells him to leave.  Within two weeks, Will is living with a young, adventurous woman.  And Elizabeth is so devastated that she's unaware that her fourteen-year-old daughter, Chloe, is dangerously in love.

But now, Jack Bolton, a former patient, has been found wandering-bloody and incoherent-in Golden Gate Park, and Elizabeth's help is needed.  Bipolar, Jack can woo plants into magnificent, myth-inspiring gardens-but refuses medication, believing it will rob him of his ability to bring out the beauty around him.  Convinced that nothing is too wonderful to be true, Jack not only challenges Elizabeth to escape the straitjacket of her own fears but works his magic on Chloe-and even Will.  And with each passing day Elizabeth is further tempted to break all the rules-and join in a deliriously liberating summer of glorious madness...


Author's notes:

My reasons for writing the novel Summer of Glorious Madness were personal and scary.  One in one hundred people suffer from bipolar disorder, and my grandmother was that one.  With worsening manic episodes and depressions, she finally killed herself, and I was afraid the same thing could happen to me.  I had also battled depression, felt bombarded by too much love, worry, and fear.  I wrote the book for my grandmother and mother and brothers, for anyone with mental illness in their family who wonders if their blood is bad.  I wrote it for artists who often fear that their eccentricities and creativity are really precursors to madness, that their mood swings and sensitivity, even their jobs, could mean they are crazy, too. 

This novel is my most personal book. One in one hundred people suffer from bipolar depression, and my grandmother was that one. She was a strong, intelligent, witty woman, but over time she became strange--loud and uncontrollable one day, mute and morose the next. She was an absent wife, a frightening mother. After years of invasive and unsuccessful shock and drug treatments, and suffering from worsening manic episodes and depressions, she finally took her own life.

I fear I inherited much of her sensitivity. Though not clinically bipolar, I often feel bombarded by too much love, worry, and fear. For years I worried that this could only lead to heartache or to medication or, terrifyingly, to suicide, until I vowed to find the gifts that came with this heightened sensitivity.

Through the character of Jack Bolton, I make the case that suffering from bipolar disorder, or any mental illness, does not necessarily stop people from acting nobly and heroically. Some aspects of bipolar disorder, particularly the bursts of creativity and original thought, can lead to wonders. Summer of Glorious Madness focuses on the manic, or summer season of Jack’s cycles, when genius is spawned and hope is rampant.

I hope you’ll enjoy it.