JOHANNESBURG, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- "The Danny Diaries" (published by Trafford Publishing) is the true story of a boy's collapse and of his long struggle towards normal adult life.
Author Ann Cluver Weinberg's writing starts with the family's life as South Africans, who have fled apartheid in London. They are poor, but happy, and "The Danny Diaries" looks at their style of parenting and their values as Lucy, the mother, keeps diaries of her two children's -- Danny and Nicola -- words from an early age. However, Danny, a gifted, delightful child, has a psychotic breakdown as a teenager and is diagnosed as schizophrenic.
"There is darkness and light, hope and despair, wanting to give up but pushing on," Weinberg said. "Danny appears to be better, but then slips back. And in between there is fun and joy. Above all there is a completely happy ending."
"The Danny Diaries" is sure to help parents of disturbed teenagers, but for everyone else it is a good, true story - with an innocent beginning, a chaotic middle, and an ending which is both triumphant and comforting.
"People who read this book say that Lucy is the most important character," Weinberg said. "But I think it is Lucy's relationship with her disturbed son, Danny, which makes the book what it is."
"The Danny Diaries" is also for anyone who has doubts about a lot of psychology and therapy -- real-life goals are what work in the end.
About the Author
Ann Cluver Weinberg lives in Johannesburg, South Africa. She became an author in her fifties, through writing poems and stories, which were immediately published: first in journals and then in books, won literary prizes, and were broadcast. She worked on a long biography of her father and her family, set in South African history, which was published two years ago, "Looking for Goodness." She has also published "I Feel Part of It," which are her poems linked by prose passages. Her story "The B-Minor Mass" was included in "The Best of South African Short Stories" (Reader's Digest), which covers well-known South African authors.
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