As a mother of a grown son with bipolar, I found this story very insightful. The characters were well developed and the story flowed nicely. You feel Maggie’s struggles, cheer her on to work through her issues, love Aunt Rose and grudgingly respect Aunt Mildred, tell Sam and Justin to go jump in a lake and in the end —you’ll meet Maggie, who now knows herself. – Amazon Review
Her mood swings drove away her would-be husband. Can she slow life down before she’s left behind?
Maggie Hovis battles herself daily. Scrambling to pick up the pieces after something possesses her to pelt a shoe at her fiancé, the law student quickly takes up the suggestion to see a therapist. But she’s crushed when she receives a stigmatizing Bipolar II diagnosis and fears her shot at normal just died.
Now saddled with a label and terrified she’ll end up like her institutionalized great aunt, Maggie delves into her family’s storied history of mental illness. And with tensions at a breaking point and her emotions on a hair trigger, she worries what others say is true: she’s permanently broken.
Can she learn to fully accept herself and decide her own future?
Defective is a beautifully empathic women’s fiction novel. If you like journeys of self-discovery, hard subjects thoughtfully handled, and blossoming passions, then you’ll love Susan Sofayov’s touching story.
Buy Defective to choose the brighter truth today!
Readers’ Favorite, K.C. Finn, reviewer 5 stars: Author Susan Sofayov brings light and shade to the psychological drama of Maggie Hovis and her battle with her own mind and moods. The close narration gives us an intimate insight into both Maggie’s own personality and the effects of her condition as she discovers it and then attempts to learn to manage it and reshape her life. For those who have no experience of Bipolar II, it will provide an authentic and often harrowing education of what people have to go through when living with the condition, but there’s also plenty of pathos, humor and positive emotions throughout the novel to prevent it from becoming too heavy for readers to bear. All in all, Defective presents an honest, raw and emotional personal storyline that also has all of the positive and enjoyable hallmarks of romance and lifestyle novels. A well balanced and recommended book.
About the Author
Susan Sofayov lives in scenic Pittsburgh, PA, and is a former vice president of child care for a large non-profit organization. She holds a BA in English literature and political science from the University of Pittsburgh and an MA in teaching from Chatham University.