Monday, December 7, 2009

NIGHT NAVIGATION in Psychiactric Services

Ginnah Howard's NIGHT NAVIGATION, whose themes include addiction and mental illness, has been awash in praise from newspapers, blogs, and literary journals since its publication in April 2009--rave reviews include those from, among others, New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, Publishers Weekly and Kirkus.

How does the title hold up under the critical eye of the psychiatric world? Just as well, it seems--Psychiatric Services, a monthly journal for mental health professionals and others interested in mental health issues, published a similarly positive review of NIGHT NAVIGATION in its December 2009 issue. The reviewer praises the verisimilitude of Howard's story, stating: "clearly [Howard] has either done her homework or has had first-hand experience with addiction and its meandering course."

Final analysis? "An entertaining and worthwhile true-to-life story about complicated people grappling with vexing problems."

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt April 2009

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