All The Best People by Sonja Yoerg

Sonja Yoerg

All The Best People

1972, Vermont. Carole was ten when her mother was committed to a mental institution.  Her life would never be the same.

Then Carole was a mother with three children.  Life was good. Her husband was an auto mechanic with his own business. Carole did the books.  Lately, Carole is not feeling herself. And she’s just not comfortable telling anyone that she’s hearing voices. She becomes afraid of even leaving the house.  What if they put her away ike her mother?

Yoerg takes on mental illness in this intense novel of courage.  It used to be easy to lock people up for the rest of their lives if they exhibited any issues seemingly out of the norm. Husbands had wives put away because it was easy to do.  Mental illness still holds a stigma but, it’s nothing like it was. Now there are medications that help people to lead normal lives.

The characters in ALL THE BEST PEOPLE are strong. Told in multiple points of view, the voices are bold and will gather you into their world. It’s a quick read. Compelling. Well-written.

My review copy came from Berkley, a division of Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. I really liked it.

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