Nonetheless, Suzanne's story makes fun reading, especially for those of us with an interest in mental illness. It is hard not to become intrigued by her trajectory as she spins manically out of control. The sophisticated reader can't help playing doctor and anticipating the outcome. If this were nonfiction, the story would be both familiar and predictable, diagnosis buried in substance abuse for many years, medication noncompliance, mercuric rise into mania, shattering fall into depression. So one reads wondering, will Ms. Fisher get it right? The answer is a satisfying yes. As much as the novel is thin, the experience of a woman with bipolar disorder is rich. First comes Suzanne's oh-so-human decision to start skipping some of her medication so she can get "a little" manic. Before too long, she all out abandons medication, becoming devious, deceptive, and quick to make empty promises. For those of us on the prescribing end, it is startling to see how easily and carelessly we are duped. Then there is the too-close-to-home-to-be-funny but otherwise hilarious description of her manic tear and the inevitable devastating depression that follows.