on March 23, 2013 :
Heartfelt, ambitious; one family's way of coping with the trauma, shame and secrecy of mental illness. A genuinely moving novel.
-Publishers Weekly review, October 18, 1999
“This is a moving novel about the intertwined lives of a brilliant young man who succumbs in adolescence to the ravages of schizophrenia and his devoted but bewildered younger sister, who suffers along with him. It will be of interest to anyone who cares not merely about emotionally troubled individuals, but also about the others in their lives who are in their own way affected by the emotional problems that afflict them. The reader is led on a (moving and graphic) odyssey.”
-The Psychoanalytic Quarterly
“Author Ami Sands Brodoff, whose brother has struggled with schizophrenia, has written a novel looking at the disease from the inside out. Unique. Uplifting.”
“Can You See Me? paints a gripping picture of schizophrenia’s toll on one individual and his family. The book gives, with fearsome clarity, a chilling insight into the minds of the rambling, wild-eyed people one sees on the city streets… the reader is virtually inside Doren’s mind as he wanders the New York landscape.”
-The Princeton Packet
And Other Authors and Experts
“In this spare, eloquent book, Ami Sands Brodoff unfolds a tender, richly drawn world inhabited by brother and sister-- orphans in a family of psychiatrists and neurologists—who test the limits of sanity. The novel touches deep chords. Brodoff’s writing is supple and fine, as she makes the imaginary worlds of Doren and Sarah as real as the real family that shapes them.”
“Riveting. Can You See Me? is a beautifully wrought and poweful novel. An unforgettable debut.”
“Ami Sands Brodoff has written a tender yet wrenching portrait of one family’s struggles to live with a brother’s schizophrenia, an illness that seizes its victims as teenagers and robs them and their family of the ordinary joys and sorrows of sanity. We are taken on a literal and emotional roller coaster ride as the family discovers that love may not be enough to conquer the emotional cancer of schizophrenia, yet it is all they can give.
-Philip S. Holzman, PhD, Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Psychology Emeritus at Harvard University
(reviewed the day of purchase)