Magazine article Ebony

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Magazine article Ebony

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Best-selling author Bebe Moore Campbell is back with 72 HOUR HOLD (Alfred A. Knopf, $24.95), an emotional tale about a mother's struggle to help her 18-year-old daughter cope with the wrath of mental illness. Trina, the daughter, becomes paranoid, wild and violent as a bipolar disorder devours her life, sending her mother, Keri, on a wild roller-coaster ride through the mental health system in search of help. But Keri soon learns that she will have to take alternative routes to save her daughter's life in this pivotal story about family bonds and salvation. The author of three New York Times best-sellers, Campbell paints a portrait rich with attention-grabbing characters, textured settings and snappy dialogue. "Right before the devastation, I had a good day," the story begins. "God should have pulled my coattail then and there: 'Enjoy this while you can, honey, because Satan beat me in a poker game last night, and he's claiming you and yours sometime soon. …

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