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LocalLit book spotlight: 'Whitewallsville' by Jennifer Russ

This novel by a former Joliet resident explores the world of mental illness.
This novel by a former Joliet resident explores the world of mental illness.

Former Joliet resident Jennifer Russ likes to tackle edgy subjects in her writings.

Earlier this year, I reviewed her recent book, "The Heart's Bone," a young adult "coming of age" story set in Tibet.

On Tuesday in The Herald-News' LocalLit newsletter, I'll review her first book, "Whitewallsville."

Here is its Amazon description: "Roger Holland is a middle-aged man with above average visual abilities and an affliction for staring contests. Prior to his death, he had thrived as a successfully published author and a loving husband and father.

"However, when he comes to find that his, once doting, wife has found another man and his second, not so successful, novel is less than promising, Roger begins to fall apart. After a tragic accident, Roger is sent into a tailspin that drives him to end his life and wake up to a new one that begins inside of the mental health wing at Lincoln Memorial Hospital.

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Each week LocalLit will deliver an original short and family-friendly story, or a book review, by a local author to the newsletter's subscribers.

Authors with a connection to our readership area may submit. Submission does not guarantee acceptance.

To submit, contact Denise M. Baran-Unland at 815-280-4122 or dunland@shawmedia.com.

Sign up for the free LocalLit newsletter at theherald-news.com/newsletter/locallit/#//.

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