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Friday, February 1, 2013

Playing the Genetic Lottery Book Review

Book Cover

Playing the Genetic Lottery is author Terri J. Morgan's first book. Given the quality of the writing, it certainly won't be her last and only one. It is important to remember, though, that this book is fictional. The author does such a fantastic job illuminating the world of schizophrenia, which draws you into her world, that you have to pull back and recall this isn't non-fiction. The information related to the disease is factual enough, it is just the story that is fictional.

The story itself involves a woman Caitlin and the fears she faces of having children after having grown up with two schizophrenic parents. Has she or will the kids inherit the disease that destroyed her parents? Hence the lottery part of the title. Has she beaten the odds?

Caitlin starts out in the story on the young side, unable to cope with her parents' disease. Eventually she enters the Federal Witness Protection program, or at least moves away and changes her name. She wants to get away from the troubles and not have to deal with them. But, she can't escape her past.

Overall, a well written book with characters that seem almost real. The author's understanding of the disease reveals a great satisfaction of the knowledge acquired from her in depth research (or real world experience). The book's approximately 400 pages could be read in one sitting, but to get the most out of the title it would be best to spread around some more, through perhaps 3-4 sittings. Good job.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to facilitate my review. All opinions stated are my own. See my disclosure policy for more information.


  1. This sounds like such an amazing story regardless of fiction or nonfiction. I think having to overcome such a huge fear makes for a great journey story

  2. I would actually love to read this book. I'm totally adding it to my wishlist...

  3. This sounds like a pretty interesting and understandable perspective from the character. I'll check it out, thanks.

  4. Wow, I must read this. My son's father passed from a from something caused by his schizophrenia at a very young age and my son has schizo-affective disorder. At 30 he lives in my upstairs apartment so that he can partially live on his own. Too weird that I would read this out of the thousands of blogs.

  5. This looks like a good book. The title was a a good choice.

  6. This looks really interesting- and I have a friend who's kind of struggling with this herself. I'm going to recommend she look for this book