"Long gong…barrelcracker… barrel…barrel
"Time…grime…pantomime…long-gone wong-gong is a
wong-gone long gong…"
These words may seem strange and convoluted to you, but Zach
Wahhsted hears them in his mind day in and day out. Zach has
schizophrenia, which causes him to hear voices. He finds that if he
takes all of his medication on time, the voices go away and he has
fewer problems getting through the day.
All Zach wants is a maple bar as he waits at the local coffee shop
for his mother to bring him his meds. But before she can deliver
them, Zach finds himself a hostage in the middle of a holdup gone
wrong. The longer he goes without his medication, the more
difficult a time he has keeping in touch with reality.
Hours after he is supposed to receive his medication, Zach agrees
to stay behind as a hostage while the boys he calls Frosty and
Stormy let everyone else in the coffee shop go free as part of a
deal with the police. Reality begins to slip away, and the voices
in Zach's head grow louder as he tries to stay alive and get out of
Complex and chilling, Terry Trueman's picture of a schizophrenic's
mind alternates between lucid and hallucinogenic. Often, the
reader's feelings towards Zach are as confused as Zach's thoughts.
Every word in this small book is powerful and gripping. Don't be
surprised if you find yourself out of breath at the end.
Reviewed by Carlie Kraft Webber on October 18, 2011
- Publication Date: August 1, 2003
- Genres: Fiction
- Hardcover: 117 pages
- Publisher: HarperTempest
- ISBN-10: 0066239621
- ISBN-13: 9780066239620