A mother, her son, and mania. In this fictionalized memoir, a mother recounts the emotional journey she and her son take when he becomes mentally ill. Jack is known as the Sun King because as a child he resembled the illustrated boy in his mother's deck of tarot cards. Already on the verge of madness, Jack leaves for college in Ohio but secretly decides not to take his medicine. When Jack becomes manic, his mother must retrieve him from a psychiatric hospital and bring him home to Oklahoma. She and Jack spend the next year dealing with court hearings, doctor appointments, and counseling sessions precipitated by his bipolar disorder and resultant psychosis. Guiding Jack back to sanity leads his mother to a fateful decision-one that brings about her own emotional unraveling. In the end, it is the Sun King who must save his mother.
About the Author
ALLISON LEE PALMER received a B.A. in Art History from Mount Holyoke College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Rutgers University. She has taught Renaissance and Baroque Art History in the School of Visual Arts at the University of Oklahoma for over twenty years and writes both academic texts and novels. Her recent research on a hand-painted Italian Renaissance sorting book is featured in her fictionalized memoir The Sun King.