Diana seems like a typical middle-class wife and mother: smart, energetic and ironic, waking her sleepy son and teasing her daughter. That is, until she begins making sandwiches for everyone's lunch — a maneuver that involves tossing dozens of slices of bread onto the floor, then sinking down and dabbing at them ineffectually with a peanut-butter-smeared knife. It's then that we discover that Diana suffers from bipolar disorder, that the adult son she sees and talks to is in fact her memory of a child who died at eight months, and that the scattered sandwiches signal the onset of another acute episode. The imaginary son promptly vanishes. Daughter Natalie escapes to a practice room at her high school, where she works obsessively on a Mozart sonata. And husband Dan escorts Diana to the first of two therapists we'll encounter during the course of... More >>>
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