|About the Book|
Broken Bones is the story of Michael Rinnovi, a distraught 25-year-old: 511, 95 pounds. He has barely eaten or slept in months. Michael wakes up nearly dead in an emergency room, and the doctors say hes too far gone- he needs extensiveMoreBroken Bones is the story of Michael Rinnovi, a distraught 25-year-old: 511, 95 pounds. He has barely eaten or slept in months. Michael wakes up nearly dead in an emergency room, and the doctors say hes too far gone- he needs extensive rehabilitation. Michael signs himself into a psychiatric ward for people with eating disorders. Broken Bones is his journal. With shades of One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest, Baker brings the reader into the cold concrete of an eating disorder ward, ferrying him through a month of constant observation, brutal rigidity, and rationed showers, of drug-clouded nights and mornings of cold eggs and watered-down coffee. In such an oppressive environment, an institution where those tasked with making the inpatients whole dont even see them as people, small victories evolve into epic celebrations and minor setbacks can become soul-crushing defeats. Baker is adept at making the reader ride everyone one of those ups and downs, and with a few simple sentences can turn fifteen minutes of sunshine into the raucous, unburdened relief of the end of a bloody, years-long war. Based on the authors own experience with mental distress and anorexia, Broken Bones is a truly mesmerizing and engrossing novel, fraught with humor, anger, and pathos- a gripping and personal story of one mans struggle against himself and seemingly everything around him. - Eirik Gumeny, author of Exponential Apocalypse, former editor of Jersey Devil Press.