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A MEMOIR OF A YOUNG ADULT
COMING OF AGE BIPOLAR
BY ROBERT EPPERSON
Softbelly is a cannonball dive into an altered state. Decorated with a latticework of surreal poetic visuals — a steady camera recording through the eyes of mania — this appropriately fast-paced account of one man's emerging disorder pits raw, often unpalatable emotion against the background of loving and supportive relationships. One must give way to the other and, through some stumbling about, the path eventually becomes clear.
With an unabashed manner, Epperson's account of his dive into the depths of illness and his journey of self-discovery and acceptance rings true. Epperson's true-to-form treatment of healthcare settings and his evocative arrangement of language and pacing come together to deliver what can only be called an admirable example of art imitating life — the reader experiences the heightened sense of perception, the abject disgust of aberrant unfiltered thought.
Softbelly is a pleasurable and engaging read that evokes nearly every emotion on the spectrum.