Judy Ryan Hall
Wednesday, April 17, 7pm
Judy Ryan Hall’s new book, Max Runs, released by Eliezer Tristan Publishing, dives into the story of stay-at-home mom Rebecca, whose youngest son, Max, gets diagnosed with early-onset bipolar disorder following an unanticipated suicide attempt. Her sister Sarah, an ER doctor, is convinced that she knows what is best for him, despite the advice from his own psychiatrist. But after some family secrets surface, Sarah kidnaps Max, and Rebecca embarks on a journey leaving the reader turning pages for more.
Hall wants readers to learn about mental illness and how it affects families. She says, “Bipolar disorder in particular is often hereditary and can occur in young children, sometimes leading to suicide attempts. But with treatment, people can live good, full lives. There is a stigma surrounding mental illness but until we talk about it, we can't break it.”
Judy Ryan Hall is a writer and itinerant teacher of writing who has lived in such far flung places as Iceland, Sudan, and New Jersey. She currently lives with her youngest daughter, Samantha, on whom Max is based, and her husband, Anson Pope, in Montclair, NJ. No one in her family approaches normalcy. Although Judy has been published in many journals and anthologies, “Max Runs” is her debut novel.
Follow her on Twitter @judashalah or on her Facebook Page @voluptuousmermaid. Her website can be found at www.judyryanhall.com.
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