5150: A Transfer

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Duncan MacLeod, Nov 26, 2018 - Young Adult Fiction - 72 pages

 In 1986, Ethan Lloyd dropped out of Columbia University to seek happiness in San Francisco.

When little "earthquakes" keep him awake at night, he has no idea that he is on the brink of psychosis.

Shuffled from jail to the mental hospital (a 5150 transfer), he has to claw his way back to sanity surrounded by lovable kooks. The first in a series, this roman a clef is an outstanding memoir of psychosis and recovery. Told in the first person present tense, the immediacy and urgency of the tale force the reader to think like a psychotic person in order to understand Ethan's plight.

 

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
11
Section 3
18
Section 4
22
Section 5
30
Section 6
35
Section 7
49
Section 8
61
Section 13
109
Section 14
117
Section 15
128
Section 16
131
Section 17
135
Section 18
142
Section 19
152
Section 20
161

Section 9
70
Section 10
83
Section 11
91
Section 12
97
Section 21
163
Section 22
166
Section 23
171
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About the author (2018)

 Duncan MacLeod is a native Californian who was transplanted to the East Coast for boarding school and a failed semester at an Ivy League school. He returned to California to finish his education at San Francisco State University, where he majored in Film and Italian. He directed a feature documentary about Mexican wrestling called "La Lucha/The Struggle," performed lead autoharp in the band "The Acres," and is author of the semi-autobiographical novels "5150" and "Half." Currently, he lives in greater Los Angeles with his husband Rafael and his dog Patsy. He just finished and published the third book in the series, "M3X1(0", which picks up where Half left off. It transports the reader through Mexico during an economic crisis in 1988.


Duncan wrote 5150 to help the friends and loved ones of a mental patient better understand how the world might look through their eyes during an episode. It is his sincere hope that this novel will comfort them and offer them hope.

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