Farther Up the Mountain deals head-on with the spiritual crisis of losing a child. Campbell’s memoir is an account of the complicated, mysterious, heartbreaking and at the same time luminous aspects of death and a little-understood mental disease—bi-polar affective disorder (manic-depression). It’s a mother’s portrait of a young man and his generation, and a family story of coping with grief and past losses.
Her son’s moving poetry emerges as a remarkable counterpoint to the author’s prose account.
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