By Nathaniel Lachenmeyer
The Outsider is an unsentimental but profoundly relocating examine one family’s event with psychological disease. In 1978, Charles Lachenmeyer used to be a fortunately married professor of sociology who lived within the long island suburbs together with his spouse and nine-year-old son, Nathaniel. yet inside of a couple of brief years, schizophrenia–a devastating psychological disorder with out identified cure–would price him every little thing: his sanity, his profession, his family members, even the roof over his head. Upon studying of his father’s demise in 1995, Nathaniel got down to look for the reality in the back of his father’s haunted, solitary life. wealthy in imagery and poignant symbolism, The Outsider is a superbly written memoir of a father’s fight to outlive with dignity, and a son’s fight to understand the daddy he misplaced to schizophrenia lengthy prior to he eventually misplaced him to death.
The Outsider is a recipient of the Kenneth Johnson Memorial study Library publication Award and is the winner of the 2000 Bell of desire Award, provided each year via the psychological overall healthiness organization of Philadelphia to honor “significant and far-reaching contributions reaping rewards these dealing with the problem of psychological illness.”