Leave Of Absence

A rich bridge of understanding

Review by Grady Harp

Leave of Absence is a novel that simply has it all. Beginning with a cover design by Emily Deuker utilizing Karam Miri’s ‘Missing One Chair’, Tanya J. Peterson writes a story that is a solid human interest novel, but at the same time it is a means to introduce her readers to begin to understand mental illness – those various maladies that separate reality from non-reality in the bruised synapses of people who have either inherited or have been induced into the bizarre chaos of a world that no longer makes sense by use of ill-advised medication, substance abuse, or most specifically and commonly, events so traumatic that thought processes are jumbled into an inescapable labyrinth. Continue reading