Patrick Tracey, a former contributing writer for the "Washington City Paper "and" Regardie's "in Washington, D.C., has also written for "Ms." magazine and the "Washington Post." He is the author of two nonfiction collections of biographical essays for the American Profiles series. After twenty-five years on his own twisted road, Tracey now lives with his sisters in Boston, Massachusetts.
"Mystical and miserable, tragic and hilarious, like Irish life itself. An utterly absorbing book that will bring some comfort to families afflicted with this strange condition." --Malachy McCourt, author, "A Monk Swimming: A Memoir ""For more than a century, the prevalence of schizophrenia in Ireland was among the highest in the world. Patrick Tracey's important and engaging book describes his search to understand why, and the effects the disease has had on his own Irish-American family." --E. Fuller Torrey, M.D., coauthor, "The Invisible""Plague: The Rise of Mental Illness from 1790 to the Present: ""With courage, humor, and rare insight through the tangles of history, biology, and culture, Tracey tracks that ghost in the brain, which is always ready in any generation to randomly strike his family down. This book is an original. Pick it up and you won't be able to put it down."--Shane Connaughton, screenwriter, "My Left Foot" and author, "A Border Station ""With heartbreaking candor and poetic vision, Tracey recounts a spiritual and scientific pilgrimage that will resonate for all siblings who have witnessed a brother's or sister's descent into madness."--Jeanne Safer, Ph.D., author of "The Normal One: Life with a Difficult or Damaged Sibling ""Be prepared to put all else aside: this is a fascinating descent into the dark soul of madness. Tracey's brave and compelling search for his family's psychological origins swept me up like a literary thriller."--Terri Cheney, author of "Manic: A Memoir" "Stalking Irish Madness is obviously a must-read for families, especially Irish families, that have been affected by this most severe form of mental illness.... The fragile, human story at its core is beautiful and devastating."-"Minneapolis Star-Tribune" "[T]his book helps to dispel misconceptions about schizophrenia and reveals the various attempts by experts to make sense of this mental illness." --"Publishers Weekly" "A br