Synopses & Reviews
The story takes place in Shreveport, Louisiana, where she grew up. It is a moving story that shares insights on many subjects, including: parenthood, mental illness, accepting others and ourselves, pursuing and confronting the truth, narcolepsy, homosexuality, experimental drugs, adultery, and friendships.
"'I wanted to convey in the book and story that everybody has a different path in life'.... 'But it's what you have to go through to come out on the other side to find yourself.'" Shreveport Times
Twenty-one-year-old narcoleptic Angel Duet knows her father harbors secrets. He loves and protects her, but his suspicious refusal to discuss her mother's death drives Angel to worship an image created from the little history she does have: her father's sketchy stories and her mother's treasured photography, studies of clouds that have hung in the their foyer for more than twenty years. When her father's girlfriend moves in, the photographs come down, and Angel's search for truth becomes an obsession.
As she struggles to uncover the past and gain control over the narcolepsy that often fogs her world, Angel descends into a dizzying realm of drugs, adultery, and confused desire that further obscures reality. As Angel begins to expose a history she could never have imagined, she discovers her entire life has been anchored around lies.
Accepting the truth, once found, is the key to understanding herself, her family, and her life. To truly awaken, Angel must realize that sometimes the gifts we receive are not what we want — and only with time do we see their worth.
In this edgy coming-of-age novel, a narcoleptic college student grapples with her disorder-which has become a coping mechanism of sorts-and seeks the truth behind her mother's untimely death.
About the Author
Penelope Przekop is director of Global Quality Management for the Benefit-Risk Management organization within the Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals Group. She is a popular guest speaker for groups including the International Quality and Productivity Center and the Center for Pharmaceutical Training.