Book Summary of Lover in the Nobody > All Royalties Go To Charity Through The Jonathan Harnisch Foundation
FROM THE AUTHOR:
I believe that anyone suffering from any type of mental illness is one badass mother f-cker. Nothing is more terrifying than battling with your own mind every single day. So, get ready for this: Lover in the Nobody is not for the faint of heart. Enter the literary playground of the wildly eccentric author and all-around artist, dreamer, man on a mission, and human being just like you who also suffers—like all of us, in one way or another—to some degree. The author (oui, c’est moi, l’auteur, the third person) laughs as he writes this, but hey, we’re all for sale in some way. But actually, I’m all over the place. I’m in my head, my imagination, and my moment, comfortable here (comfortable nowhere . . . ). Have I already lost you? Awesome! Keep reading. I’m not in the marketing business, after all. I do what I do, as they say, and I change. All the time, often taking delight in the touchy topic of madness, for example, in this brand new, raw, brutally honest, and extremely palpable psychiatric thriller that is part fiction, part truth. Noted scribe featured in Publishers Weekly and Writer’s Digest, among other literary publications, . . . and controversial mental health advocate, Jonathan Harnisch (Jonathan Harnisch: An Alibiography (2014); Second Alibi: The Banality of Life (2014); Sex, Drugs, and Schizophrenia (2014) . . .), the four-time #1 Amazon Best Selling Author and #1 writer of Hot New Releases under the subject of schizophrenia, introduces his (“Yours?” asks Dr. C, in my throbbing, labyrinthine head), yes, mine, debut novel. Perhaps my pièce de résistance, Jonathan Harnisch: An Alibiography, is now being taught at the university level for its inspiration and vivid feelings of a disturbed reality, which is sometimes disquieting, other times harsh. And with real emotions, it is culture-bearing, brazen, and bordering on brilliant—blam! Here she is, for 10 bucks (US), with all royalties donated to charity through the Jonathan Harnisch Foundation. Boom! Lover in the Nobody, where Ben Schreiber (voila, c’est moi, c’est Jonathan!) has Tourette’s syndrome, causing him to display uncontrollable tics and hops, with a stutter, swearing inappropriately. Bullied throughout his school years, he can never form firm friendships, especially with women. He’s simply incapable of happiness. In his late twenties, he plunges into a downward spiral of drug and alcohol abuse that culminates in an attempted bank robbery using a cell phone as a fake bomb. He is arrested and placed under psychiatric evaluation, where his psychiatrist, Dr. C, quickly sees Ben’s affliction as more than just Tourette’s. Ben is not alone. Inside his head lives Georgie Gust, Ben’s alter ego. Georgie is obsessed with his manipulative and extremely sexual next door neighbor Claudia Nesbitt and shares a sadomasochistic relationship with her that is supported only by his obsession. Claudia has no love for Georgie, and while Ben desperately searches for someone, Claudia Nesbitt, the perfect woman, will provide him with the unconditional love that he never received as a boy. He finds it easier to retreat into his mind to share George’s sick obsession with the cruel and abusive Claudia than to deal with his real issues. Dr. C senses that Ben is suffering from some type of post-traumatic stress that occurred early in his childhood and that he is using Georgie as an escape when bad memories start to surface. It is up to Dr. C to help Ben face the buried terrors of his childhood so that he can finally let go of Georgie and reduce him to the literary character that writer Ben wants him to be. Alas, if you don’t have this book in your library or classroom, what do you have? Get your copy now!
P.S. I never said I was “normal.” I suffer, I move on. I laugh, I cry. I write it all out and never give up. Sending light and love, from me, Mr. J.