Once she escapes she leads an almost normal life with her husband James and even has 3 children. She does have a few psychotic breaks during her life but with her husband and great friends she leads a great life.
In Part 2 of the book we are introduced to her great grand daughter who is 12 and is diagnosed with schizophrenia. We not only see how the family deals with mental illness in todays day and age but also how the treatments have changed from over the years.
The 1st part of the book about Iona is written in first person by Iona. The second part is Iona's Grand Daughter Shirley's account of her grand daughter Jenna's journey through the system.
One of my favorite parts of the book is when Shirley finds out that after the Willard Hospital was closed someone found a room full of suitcases brought in by the patients that were stored in an attic and forgotten. The suitcases were taken and put on display in museums and taken on tours. She finds out Iona's suitcase is among them. When she goes to the main museum to actually see the suitcase you can just feel the emotion rolling off the page.
I usually do not take this long to read a book but I had it on my phone and read it while in waiting rooms for appointments and things like that. It is a relatively short book though, but very interesting.