I wrote a memoir to document a life of rich experiences--how I learned to transform my dark side and thrive. Culture clash is used as a beacon to lifestyle change. After eight years at university, I found the academic life intolerable and opted for a lifestyle more in tune with new emerging alternatives and with my values. I suffered many mental hospital stays before breaking free, and now thrive in Mexico, where I’ve lived since 2003.
Being a witness to Don's amazing development along his "bumpy road" has been inspirational. I have been Don's friend for several years, and have seen him create himself into someone that is now helping others along their own bumpy roads. His feedback is clear-sighted and to the point, and helps us reach an understanding of ourselves.
Since I have a friend who is a psychiatric patient, Don has provided support and understanding in dealing with her situation. He has introduced us to the world of alternative (drug-free) mental health, which has been new and interesting. My friend has found a supportive friend in Don - someone who treats her like a normal person, and he is a model for her to become responsible for her own healing.
I am grateful for Don's friendship and his presence in my life.
--Evelyn Aaron, Mexico
A compelling and bravely honest memoir of Don Karp’s unusual life, beginning with his youth in Syracuse and following his path to present day Mexico, where he has bloomed, despite the hardships and financial challenges. I was so absorbed in the story that I forgot to go to my yoga class.
Recipient of the 1996 American Book Award for Longing.
Recipient of the 2009 PEN Oakland Award for Literary Excellence for Dying Unfinished.