A horrific incident at music college years ago wrecked Alexa’s ambition to be a classical composer. Several years later, computer professional Steve robbed his brother, Jake, of Alexa’s love. Jake, who is bipolar, fights a constant battle between his need to paint and the medication he believes destroys his creativity.
When Alexa becomes pregnant, these conflicts grow more entangled still. Who is the baby’s father – Steve or the American rock star with whom Alexa had a brief fling while in New York to record a show?
Amid all the uncertainty, can Jake win back Alexa? Just as things seem to be settling down, his illness strikes and the resulting tragedy throws everything into turmoil.
Alexa’s Song explores the complex relationships between creativity, ambition, desire and love.
Told from the first person narrative stance of Jake, a thirty-something man whose life is defined by his bipolar disorder ... we witness, first hand, Jake hurtling through manic episodes, featuring promiscuity, risky behaviour, wild spending and the feeling of being superhuman. We know he will ‘crash and burn’. He knows it too, but sometimes, sometimes he just doesn’t care ... And all too soon he’s reduced again to the guilt-ridden, paranoid and depressed person who cannot see the point of existence ... There are no quick fix solutions in this poignant story but it allows the reader to gain insight into the mind of someone who might otherwise be dismissed as ‘ill’ and considered ‘scary’ ... This is a brave story. Bravely told.
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