Tom Davis Presents A Legacy of Madness--Book Out Today, Metuchen Launch October 8th

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On Oct. 8, 3 PM, at Hailey's Harp, Metuchen resident Tom Davis will unveil his first bookA Legacy of Madness, about his family's battles with mental illness. He will be reading and signing at The Raconteur that night at 8PM. Legacy of Madness is released today (Oct. 3). The book will be available for sale at the Raconteur that night.

Tom describes the book for us here: "A Legacy of Madness is  the story of my mother, Dorothy Winans "Dede" Davis, as she had worried, fussed, and obsessed for the last time. Her heart stopped beating in a fit of anxiety, soon after her wobbly legs gave way. Helplessly self-absorbed and severely obsessive compulsive, Dede led a tormented life. She had moved from nursing home to mental institution in recent years, but what really caused her death? The story of a loving family coming to grips with its own fragilities, A Legacy of Madness relays (my) journey to uncover, and ultimately understand, the history of mental illness that led generations of [t]his suburban American family to their demise. 

In the end, we witness  [the] powerful transition as [the author] makes peace with the past and heals through forgiveness and compassion for [the] family--as well as [my]self.

There is a lot of Metuchen in this book . . . we took care of my mother at a New Brunswick nursing home when we first moved here in 2001."

The publisher is HazeldenYou can also find information about the book at these links:

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