Wow, this is a short, but powerful book! We met at an author's meeting. He approached me upon learning that I was a psychiatrist who had written a book, also available on Amazon,Psychiatry in Techno Colors: A Psychiatrist's Memoir of Lessons Learned About Diagnosis and Treatment of Anxiety and Depression. He wanted to exchange books and write reviews. I knew nothing of the author other than him telling me that he was a schizophrenic. I corrected him saying he was a person with schizophrenia. This is not the first book someone with schizophrenia gave me to read. A previous author wanted me to confirm her diagnosis to convince a publisher that her work was genuine. I can say that The Well is very genuine.
The prose is more like poetry and reminds me of the surreal process of James Joyce in Portrait of the Artist. People with schizophrenia that I have worked with have a different way of thinking. The boundaries between past, present and future are blurred. One can never tell whether a memory is a true reflection of an event or a paranoid distortion. Unfortunately, a past delusional notion can persist and alter perception of a current event.
This book can be enjoyed on multiple levels: as a reflection on a person's emergence from a traumatic childhood filled with chaos, drug abuse and psychosis to stability and peace in a new life; as a warning to youth to not abuse drugs and seek psychiatric help; and as a window for mental health providers into the mind of a troubled youth descending into psychosis.