Chapter 1 Notes from I Never Promised You a Rose Garden

Joanne Greenberg
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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Chapter 1

Jacob Blau and his wife, Esther, are taking their teenage daughter to a mental hospital. As they travel to the hospital, Deborah drifts between reality, which seems a dream to her, and her own world, the Kingdom of Yr. In this kingdom she has created her own gods and rulers. Anterrabae, the Falling God, who is eternally falling. He has fire in his hair and fingertips, and he comforts Deborah by allowing her to fall with him in the darkness. There is also Lactamaeon, the black god who rides a black horse. Although Deborah's doctor advised the Blaus to seek a hospital for their daughter, Jacob isn't sure that this is the best idea. Esther insists that they must do as the doctor instructed and at least give the hospital a try. Meanwhile, Deborah sits in the backseat of the car as they turn into the driveway of the mental hospital.

"From freedom Deborah Blau smashed headlong into the collision of the two worlds. As always before it was a weirdly silent shattering. In the world where she was most alive, the sun split in the sky, the earth erupted, her body was torn to pieces, her teeth and bones crazed and broken to fragments. In the other place, where the ghosts and shadows lived, a car turned into a side drive and down a road to where an old red-brick building stood." Part 1, Chapter 1, Pg. 12

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