Ann Minnett has written another great novel. When Serita decides to go off her bipolar medications, she begins an adventure that pulls the reader along with her. Ms. Minnett's first novel, Burden of Breath, was dark, but she shows her versatility with this amusing novel. Serita decides she's had enough of feeling brain-numb and chucks the meds and goes looking for laughter, love, and a lover. With Serita, the author gives us a chance to see inside her character's head and heart. Ms Minnett's characters are real, not cookie cutter.
Does Serita's madcap adventure work out for her or not? Is it worth it in the end? That's something every reader will have to decide for themselves.
I love the title! It reminds me that we all have an eventual expiration date. Maybe we should take a clue from Serita and kick up our heels now and then.
Serita is a 55-year-old woman with bipolar disorder who goes off her meds to become a more interesting person and find love. Standing a hefty six-feet tall, the vivacious redhead charms all who meet her. Effects of mania and medication withdrawal exhilarate her, but her joy is tempered by increasingly erratic behavior. The day Serita finds true love, a crisis threatens her job, relationships, and eventually her life. Serita knows she must resume her meds to stabilize her thoughts and behavior to survive, but she despairs at becoming emotionally blunted again. If she can postpone taking meds just a little longer, she might be able to save the day and savor true love . . .