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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
A Chicken in the Wind and How He Grew: Stories From an ADHD Dad by Frank South is a memoir that opens with the protagonist losing his job and having to sell the big house and cut down the expenses, following his wife’s advice. The author explores painful stories of loss, financial crisis, and a move that affected his entire family strongly. Readers encounter someone with immense responsibilities, inhabited by fear and paranoia. His condition has him confused and anxious, unable to focus, yet his wife and two kids need his support. Can he help himself so he can help his loved ones? Follow this man on a journey towards love that heals and that brings him around to rediscover focus and meaning by living for family.
This is a memoir that chronicles stories from the life of the author that at times are humorous and very poignant. The wry humor combines with the observant nature of the writing to create great entertainment for readers. From the very beginning of the story, the reader is introduced to the author's mental crisis: “After a complete physical, my GP suggested a psychologist. After a session or two, the psychologist suggested tests. My dad was a scientist. As a kid, I watched when he tested rats in his lab. I’m suspicious.” The narrative voice is compelling and the author’s use of introspection and observations on life allow readers to get a glimpse of the darkness that has always threatened to consume his life. A Chicken in the Wind and How He Grew is hilarious and laced with witticism and humanity.