Certainty of One is the story of a psychiatrist, a patient, a journey of five friends who, upon venturing to the abyss of the loneliness in their lives, find the unity they share amid the chaos of wastebasket diagnosis, prescription pharmaceuticals and the wondrous paradox of the School Room of life. It is a critical bird’s eye view into the evolution of cultural archetypes, the trappings of generational angst and the breakthroughs inherent in the choice of free will versus the established status-quo.
It is an autobiographical memoir about author’s struggles with schizo-affective disorder (Schizophrenia Spectrum) bipolar. It is not your ordinary sick lit tale but uses fantasy, science fiction and humor into a fictional memoir epic about a writer coming to terms with delusion, reality, paranoia and hallucinations. It is also a coming of age tale for the aging Generation X population, full of Hunter S. Thompson observations on life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness in the information age of the 21st century.
In the tradition of Alice in Wonderland, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Gravity’s Rainbow and the humor of Vonnegut, Certainty of One takes the trials and tribulations of mental illness, turning the old stereotypes on their heads and becoming an instructional manual not only for staying sane but also of living with faith in intuitive leaps of the irrational and humorously truthful.
Paperback: 104 pages
Publishing date: November 7, 2018
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
Price: $19.60 (paperback) $7.99 (e-book)
Tracy Ross is a writer, poet and humanist. Her past times include counting cars, collecting rain water in jars, and skipping stones. Her first poetry collection, Broken Signals--Trials of Disconnect, will be released in Spring 2019 by Shanti Arts Press. She grew up in an era where computers were just looming on the horizon and MTV was every teenager’s after school go to. She attributes her influences to the dawning of the information age and the yawning of the nuclear age where her generation was branded with an X for commodity purposes. Tracy has lived in Chicago, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area of Northern Minnesota and Detroit, Michigan as well as the Twin Cities. Her first novella, Certainty of One, is an Alice in Wonderland dis-topic tale, a surrealist experiment of the human psyche. It is an epiphany in which the seeker realizes independence from the journey itself and the infinite potential of the human condition despite built in obsolescence.
Ross holds a B.A. in English from Roosevelt University in Chicago and a Master’s of Education from Bemidji State. She is currently earning her MFA in Poetics from Augsburg University. She currently lives and works in Minnesota.