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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (961 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Bebe Moore Campbell Narrator: Petronia Paley Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2005 ISBN: 9780739320778
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In this novel of family and redemption, a mother struggles to save her eighteen-year-old daughter from the devastating consequences of mental illness by forcing her to deal with her bipolar disorder. New York Times best-selling author Bebe Moore Campbell draws on her own powerful emotions and African-American roots, showcasing her best writing yet.

Trina suffers from bipolar disorder, making her paranoid, wild, and violent. Watching her child turn into a bizarre stranger, Keri searches for assistance through normal channels. She quickly learns that a seventy-two hour hold is the only help you can get when an adult child starts to spiral out of control. After three days, Trina can sign herself out of any program. 

Fed up with the bureaucracy of the mental health community and determined to save her daughter by any means necessary, Keri signs on for an illegal intervention. The Program is a group of radicals who eschew the psychiatric system and model themselves after the Underground Railroad. When Keri puts her daughter’s fate in their hands, she begins a journey that has her calling on the spirit of Harriet Tubman for courage. In the upheaval that follows, she is forced to confront a past that refuses to stay buried, even as she battles to secure a future for her child.  Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • Bebe Moore Campbell shatters our abstract notions about mental illness. . . . [She] is a writer at the top of her form as a storyteller, culture keeper and astute social critic. Los Angeles Times
  • A tightly woven, well-written story about mothers and daughters, highs and lows, ex-husbands and boyfriends, and how a ‘perfect’ life can be completely altered by something entirely beyond our control. . . . Universally touching. San Francisco Chronicle
  • Stark, incisive and often harrowing, 72 Hour Hold wrenches open the closet door behind which mental illness has been hidden in communities of color. It’s no small task, but Campbell handles it with characteristic verve and aplomb. The Baltimore Sun
  • I am grateful for Bebe Moore Campbell. . . . Campbell fearlessly unveils the pain of loss and the ecstasy of love. Add to that courage, and the graceful ability to write very, very well. Maya Angelou

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Toni | 2/17/2014

    " A wonderful piece of fiction that delves into the world of a manic depressive girl and how her mother tries to help her. Very real-like in content and scarey. This is a book that made me worry about people who are tied to this disorder and how it affects their lives and the lives of their loved ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Teresa | 2/15/2014

    " I almost didn't finish it. The start was a bit slow and repetitive but I'm glad I stuck with it. It was a real eye opener. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leanne | 1/26/2014

    " Everyone knows someone struggling with mental illness, and this novel has an amazing lesson about how we can all survive it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/24/2014

    " And astounding and enlightening read filled with emotion, from compassion and love, to hate and frustration. The exploration of a parent's journey to try to get help for her Bi-polar daughter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melonie Tibbs | 1/22/2014

    " This book really opened my eyes to how serious mental illness is. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karenshaff | 1/14/2014

    " Another very well written story, though heart-wrenching it was. About a mother-daughter relationship...the teenage daughter has bi-polar disorder. She was an honor student and well loved by her peers all through school until she's about to enter University and all hell breaks loose. She has violent episodes, breaks all of the windows in her mother's house, father (divorced) is in denial that she has any mental problem, mom tries everything she can think of, including getting involved with some "out of the normal circuit" type of assistance, to help her daughter get back her "normal life"... Very captivating, and scary at times, but a good story and well written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kimberly R. | 1/12/2014

    " It seemed promising in the beginning but went way off track in the middle. The story totally went into a ditch by the end of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amarie0081 | 1/9/2014

    " An interesting look into mental illness in the African-American community. This topic is offten neglected and ignored in our community. I am happy that someone tackled this topic and brought it to the forefront. Even though it was a bit over dramatized...but it is fiction! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 1/3/2014

    " Amazingly accurate description of the roller coaster ride parents go through dealing with a child with mental health problems. Chillingly accurate, in fact. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pamela Trawick | 12/21/2013

    " I loved this book. I was so excited to discover this author and looked forward to reading more of her books. Then she died. Now I've been enjoying the other books she wrote, but the supply is finite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/8/2013

    " A rough story. Campbell is a very good writer who can draw you into a story and make you feel it, even when the setting is outside your experience. This story is scary and sad, but inspiring. A mother's determination to help her child trumps all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J. Michelle | 12/7/2013

    " It was a good read, but I couldn't help put picture Trina as Maia Campbell throughout the whole book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Agnes | 12/6/2013

    " This novel about a mother's struggling with her daughter bipolar disorder is sometimes hard to read but always interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 12/3/2013

    " This book provides a good representation of what it's like to live with someone who has a serious mental illness. My only reservation is that it might be triggering to those readers who struggle with mental illnesses themselves. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sarita | 11/25/2013

    " i am reading this for our book club "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty | 11/19/2013

    " I listened to this on tape and it wasn't all that good. It was about a young teen that had problems with bi-polar disorder. disheartening "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 11/14/2013

    " While this wasn't one of Campbell's best works, it really gives you an inside look at what it's like having a bi-polar child. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kelly | 10/30/2013

    " Very interesting. Learned lots about bipolar and schizophrenia and the lengths a parent will go to to save a child. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kiswana | 9/1/2013

    " This was a sad, emotional book that I thoroughly enjoyed. Bebe Moore Campbell knows how to tell a story. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shawn Roberts | 7/18/2013

    " I was assigned this for a reading group and I didn't make it half-way. Clunky unbelievable plot, characters & dialogue. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shonda | 3/20/2013

    " This a a great book that grasps h concept of an african american family dealing wiht mental helath issues. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobbi | 12/19/2012

    " Eye opening. Let's us see what families with mentally ill children might go through. Good reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 6/16/2012

    " This was an EXCELLENT book in showing what it is like to deal with a bi-polar child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Corine Ward | 3/9/2012

    " Mothers to the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather Martin | 2/10/2012

    " I learned about bi-polar disorder without feeling like I was learning about bi-polar disorder. And the concept of an underground railroad for alternative treatment of it is fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jill | 2/4/2012

    " This is a hard book to read....the story of a daughter who is bipolar from the point of view of her mother. It lends the reader some insight into how hard this type of relationship would be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 SunnyD | 1/21/2012

    " i wonder how much of this was BMC's real-life experience with her bipolar actress daughter, maia? the book was okay...not as good as i expected it to be. but i'm still a fan of the late BMC and it certainly was an eye-opening/heart-breaking read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Contessa | 10/27/2011

    " Downloading a sample now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra | 5/20/2011

    " I putt off reading this book because I knew it was the last time the I be reading a new book from her. THE BEST WRITER THAT I HAVE EVER READ RIP AND THANK YOU!!!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 3/22/2011

    " While this wasn't one of Campbell's best works, it really gives you an inside look at what it's like having a bi-polar child. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/17/2011

    " A rough story. Campbell is a very good writer who can draw you into a story and make you feel it, even when the setting is outside your experience. This story is scary and sad, but inspiring. A mother's determination to help her child trumps all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ann | 1/11/2011

    " It provided another perspective on Bipolar disorder. Our book group is reading this and An Unquiet Mind. Should be a good discussion since one is written from the patient's perspective, and one from the parent's. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Shawn | 7/28/2010

    " I was assigned this for a reading group and I didn't make it half-way. Clunky unbelievable plot, characters & dialogue. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Yzobelle | 5/19/2010

    " This involves a great family drama. Campbell captured well the plight of someone afflicted with such a condition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Damika | 4/9/2010

    " This story gave good insight to what it must feel like to have a relative with a mental disorder. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 4/9/2010

    " That having an adult that is battling mental illness is very difficult. Trying to talk the person into facts will get you no where "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kaycee | 3/23/2010

    " This is such a good book. It makes you cry, laugh, and really really think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 3/1/2010

    " Although fiction, this seemed like a real account of someone dealing with their child's mental illness. A painful journey through the mental health system and acceptance of the precariousness of periods of stability with set-backs always around the corner. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 BobbiJ | 11/15/2009

    " Eye opening. Let's us see what families with mentally ill children might go through. Good reader. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marilyn | 11/14/2009

    " We need to promote mental health issues more and sadly this was an accurate account of Campbell's life before her timely life.. "

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