Can you believe it’s September already? We’re swinging right into fall with our next book club selection, January First by Michael Schofield. In this memoir, readers see firsthand Schofield’s frustration, hopes, and dreams for his daughter.
Michael Schofield’s daughter January is at the mercy of her imaginary friends, except they aren’t the imaginary friends that most young children have; they are hallucinations. And January is caught in the conflict between our world and their world, a place she calls Calalini. Some of these hallucinations, like “24 Hours,” are friendly and some, like “400 the Cat” and “Wednesday the Rat,” bite and scratch her until she does what they want. They often tell her to scream at strangers, jump out of buildings, and attack her baby brother.
At six years old, January Schofield, “Janni,” to her family, was diagnosed with schizophrenia, one of the worst mental illnesses known to man. What’s more, schizophrenia is 20 to 30 times more severe in children than in adults and in January’s case, doctors say, she is hallucinating 95 percent of the time that she is awake. Potent psychiatric drugs that would level most adults barely faze her.
The memoir is an intense and gripping read that you won’t be able to put down. Many of our book club members read it in a couple of days. So grab your copy of January First by Michael Schofield. Then come back this Thursday, September 6 and join us as we discuss the book.
Learn more about Michael’s family and Jani on his blog, Jani’s Journey.
See you Thursday!