5150: A Transfer

A tale told by a young madman, 5150 is a firsthand account of a descent into madness, institutionalization escape, recapture, and eventual release. The young protagonist haunts the gritty underbelly of the San Francisco Tenderloin in the 1980’s. Psychosis and cigarette smoke intertwine in a coffee-ringed world of hairspray, dyed black hair, hobos, and hospital gowns.

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Set in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district in the 1980’s, 5150 depicts a failure in the rite of passage from adolescence to adulthood. When young, gay Ethan Lloyd awakens to tremors he is first convinced they are little earthquakes. They turn out to be a forewarning of a psychotic episode that lands him first in jail, and then transferred or “5150’ed” to the mental hospital. Told in the first person with an extremely unreliable narrator, the book drags the reader into the world of madness and mental hospitals, with only the occasional gasp for air in the agreed-upon common reality most of us share.

Ethan’s struggle to regain his sanity is pockmarked by a world of drugs, dirty sidewalks, vagrants and angels. Were it not for society’s waterlogged safety nets, he might never have returned to share his tale of survival.

Series

Psychotic Break Series (Book 1)

Format

Paperback, eBook

Print Length

184 pages

Published

March 27, 2015

Language

English

ASIN

B00UZ98DQY

ISBN-10

1506186459

ISBN-13

978-1506186450