As a member of Pump Up Your Book Blog Tour team, I was able to read and review Silk Flowers Never Die by Stella Mazzucchelli. Thank you to Cadence Group for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book.
Silk Flowers Never Die is an important and intensely personal memoir, powerfully showing with humanity and humor, the difficulties that exist for any family trying to cope with schizophrenia and mental distress. In a compelling story that reveals how much stranger than fiction fact is, Stella Mazzucchelli describes her determination to preserve her son from the worst effects of mental illness, while his young wife is dying of cancer.
In the process of trying to rise to these challenges, Stella is transformed from a beautiful, over-protected Society woman with alcohol issues, to an impressive, courageous earth-mother who now campaigns to reduce the stigma attached to mental illness by using her privileged position to positive effect. This moving book is informative on a host of subjects, ranging from the lifestyle of the International Super-Rich to the profundities of facing terminal illness and mental disease. Due to its intelligence, insight, and compassion the appeal of this amazing story and struggle should be universal.Stella Metaxa Mazzucchelli was born in Athens, Greece and married, aged eighteen, Riccardo Mazzucchelli, the famous Italian businessman. During their twenty two year marriage, they lived in Zambia and London, where she became a well-known figure on the social scene, and had a brief and successful modelling career at the unusual age of 28. Fedele is their only child. After their divorce, Riccardo married Ivana Trump in 1995, though the marriage was short lived. Stella now lives in Athens where she brings up her grand-daughter Katerina. As well as being involved in the property and renovation business, which ensures she maintains connections with London, she is also a tireless campaigner for the better understanding of schizophrenia and mental illness. Silk Flowers Never Die is her first book.
You can visit her publisher online at http://www.dynastypress.co.uk/
This book was powerful, intense and full of emotion. It has been a long time since I have read something like Silk Flowers Never Die.
There were so many different topics discussed throughout this book. You read about mental illness, alcoholism, infidelity, blended families, terminal illness/death, and socialite living. And this is all in one family! It amazed me how much one family could endure and still go on with life.
As I have experienced mental illness in my own family (not Schizophernia) I could relate to many of the emotions and struggled detailed by Mazzucchelli, and was reminded repeatedly that mental illness can occur in anyone, regardless of financial/social statue.
Silk Flowers Never Die was intense, but I feel it is a necessary read in today's society that stimatizes mental illnes (and shouldn't). As with other illness, ignornace is often the problem. When you don't understand, one tends to judge people who are "different". This book reminded me that I need to understand first and avoid judging at all costs. It also reminds me of the never ending love that a mother has for her child, regardless of the child's age. We will always be a child to our mom's and they will do everything they can to protect us.
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