Breaking Out

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iUniverse, Jun 18, 2010 - Fiction - 244 pages
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As a child growing up in various cities and towns, Britt Rutgers exhibits both acute sensitivity and an insatiable ebullience that expresses itself in rebelliousness against his restrictive parents. But something profoundly important is missing deep inside. As he moves into his late teens in the 1950s on a farm near Mayfield, Iowa, his enthusiasm gradually morphs into agonizing self-consciousness, feelings of guilt, embarrassment over sexual na´vetÚ, and fear wrought by his fundamentalist religious upbringing. His parents have always placed his quiet older brother on a pedestal, and Britt begins to emulate him. Battling these internal demons, Britt is unable to concentrate and becomes panicky that he will fail his school subjects.

When Britt heads out for a night of bowling in February of his senior year, he has no idea that everything is about to change. Taunted by his friends, he returns home and tearfully confides to his parents that he has been miserable for some time. They send him to a sanitarium, where he is quickly diagnosed with schizophrenia and shock treatments are begun. Over the next several years, between two periods spent in psychiatric institutions observing a plethora of colorful, and tragic, characters, Britt struggles not merely to function, but to flourish.

Breaking Out explores a family’s dynamics and history, revealing the forces that shape an innocent child and make a train wreck of his crossing from adolescence into adulthood.

 

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Contents

CHAPTER
CHAPTER 2
CHAPTER 3
CHAPTER 4
CHAPTER 5
CHAPTER 6
CHAPTER 7
CHAPTER 8
CHAPTER 14
CHAPTER 15
CHAPTER 16
CHAPTER 17
CHAPTER 18
CHAPTER 19
CHAPTER 20
CHAPTER 21

CHAPTER 9
CHAPTER 10
CHAPTER 11
CHAPTER 12
CHAPTER 13
CHAPTER 22
CHAPTER 23
CHAPTER 24
EPILOGUE
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Bob Brink was a journalist for thirty-five years with wide-ranging experience that included reporting, writing news copy, and editing for The Associated Press in Chicago. He also wrote for the now-defunct Milwaukee Journal, Tampa Tribune, and Palm Beach Post. He was an editor and wrote celebrity profiles for a group of luxury-lifestyle magazines in Florida. Recently, he ghost-wrote a short book about a woman's heroic determination to have a baby through in vitro fertilization and her anguished ordeal. He lives outside West Palm Beach, Florida.

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