Zack McDermott, a 26-year-old Brooklyn public defender, woke up one morning convinced he was being filmed, TRUMAN SHOW-style, as part of an audition for a TV pilot. This was it - his big dreams were finally coming true. Every passerby was an actor; every car would magically stop for him; everything he saw was a cue from "The Producer" to help inspire the performance of a lifetime. After a manic spree around Manhattan, Zack, who is bipolar, was arrested on a subway platform and admitted to Bellevue Hospital. ..
So begins the story of Zack's freefall into psychosis and his desperate, poignant, often darkly funny struggle to claw his way back to sanity, regain his identity, and rebuild some semblance of a stable life. It's a journey that will take him from New York City back to his Kansas roots and to the one person who might be able to save him, his tough, big-hearted Midwestern mother, nicknamed the Bird, whose fierce and steadfast love is the light in Zack's dark world. ..
"The Bird's stories said Don't lose yourself, because I still know who you are. They said You are weak right now, so weak that you need to hear about how marvelous I've known you to be since you were born; how unconditionally and attentively I've loved you since you got here; how I've had your back since day one, saw a truth teller where everyone else saw a little smart-ass. You were the toughest to give birth to, the toughest to raise, even tougher than your pothead brother. Yet I went to bat for you against everyone and everything even when I should have let you face the music, because I see you, who you are, what you are. And you won't be facing this music alone either. This is just another chapter of The Book of Zachary I've been taking notes on and writing in my head for twenty-six years." ..
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