The Fading of Lloyd

The Fading of Lloyd


Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
160 Pages
Reviewed on 07/08/2017
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Author Biography

Kit Crumpton is a former software/systems/project engineer in both commercial and military industries. Kit also has an interest in Bowen’s Family Systems Theory, studying the theory for four years at the Georgetown Family Center during the 1980’s. She’s also a WWII buff. Today she is a historical fiction author with two books: “Raiding the Empire of the Sun: Tinian 1945” and “The Fading of Lloyd”. Both books are inspired by true stories of family.

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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

What was it like to live with a mental condition in the early years of the 1900s? The Fading of Lloyd by Kit Crumpton captures a family’s story as they struggle to cope with the mental retardation of one of theirs amidst social changes affecting everyone. In a story with a wonderful historical and social setting, readers meet Lloyd, an “imbecile” who is diagnosed with schizophrenia, institutionalized, and later dies in very tragic circumstances. In this book, the author explores the perils of life in an asylum and makes a powerful indictment of the way psychiatrists and professionals working in mental institutions treated their patients. Follow the family’s shock as they live through the tragedy.

The reader immediately experiences a deep sense of sympathy for the Huttleston family as they get to know the challenges they face. The story revolves around this family, but it makes relevant references to the social and cultural revolutions taking place just after the First World War. The story is filled with many surprises, family drama and secrets, and the reader is interested to understand why Lloyd is the way he is. Readers are introduced to great characters, including Kimberly Weatherspoon, the killer with a rare pathological condition, Private Huttleston, and a host of others. Kit Crumpton explores her characters in unusual and skillful ways, allowing readers to connect with them because they are real and memorable. The Fading of Lloyd is crafted in excellent prose, with great dialogues sprinkled throughout the story. It’s a story that is emotionally driven, skillfully plotted, and accomplished with a master’s touch.