An exhilarating journey into the unfathomable depths of the human mind, from the acclaimed author of Let Me Not Be Mad.
What does it take to care for a stranger? Really care.
The Case for Love is a reflection on a career treating patients with brain trauma – people whose thoughts and feelings are largely unknowable – and how and why those treatments failed.
It is a reconstruction of three haunting cases in which the patients were tragically misunderstood – and an attempt through the power of the imagination to understand and make amends.
It then describes the author’s abandonment of his career and his tumultuous quest for healing and redemption.
It is also a story of intimate relationships, pets, fatherhood and heartbreak, culminating in a moment of psychedelic transcendence and rebirth.
It is about the overpowering need for connection – and how, increasingly, we are trapped in ourselves.
It is a meditation on empathy and an act of atonement.
It is a unique, hybrid work of clinical case study and pure invention that destroys the boundary between fact and fiction in order to bring us face-to-face with the shocking, liberating truth.