Daddy's Girls is a rich yet simple tale of love, madness and spirit, told by the three women in a family on the verge of mental illness. Overlapping vignettes reveal the dark forces beneath their middle-class veneer as they struggle to love one another. From her dual perspective as a psychologist and sister of a schizophrenic, Suzanne Gold portrays insanity as a metaphor for spiritual purpose.
thirty-one years old
THE LAST TIME I saw Cherie she was still beautiful.
I used to envy her perfect nose, her perfect teeth. Even her artificially-straight artificially-blonde hair flattered her. I dread seeing her now.
Mom says Cherie's mental state deteriorated fast after her boyfriend/cocaine connection dumped her, and soon she was seeing black helicopters following her, international conspiracies spying on her. When she ran out of money and tried to get the boyfriend to take her back -- yelling on his doorstep, threatening, and frightening the neighbors -- he called the police. They threw her into Egg Harbor State Hospital, where she's been for over a year, court-committed, with reviews every six months.
Lost in memory, I stare out the airplane window, barely registering the dull roar of the engines or the attendants rolling carts down the aisle. Thirty thousand feet down, barren waves of earth undulate. Probably mountains, but from up here ...
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