Even If Your Heart Would Listen
In January 2014, Elise Schiller’s youngest child, thirty-three-year-old Giana Natali, died of a heroin overdose while a resident in a treatment program in Boulder County, Colorado. Even if Your Heart Would Listen is about Giana’s life, which was full of accomplishments, and her mental illness, addiction, and death. Using excerpts from the journals, planners, and letters Giana left behind, as well as evidence from her medical records, Schiller dissects her daughter’s treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD) at the five residential and several outpatient programs in eastern Pennsylvania where she tried to recover, taking a close look at the lack of continuity and solid medical foundations in the American substance-use treatment system even as she explores the deeply personal experience of her own loss. Poignant and timely, Even if Your Heart Would Listen is a meditation on a family’s grief, an intimate portrayal of a mother-daughter bond that endures, and an examination of how our nation is failing in its struggle with the opioid epidemic.

Even If Your Heart Would Listen Details

TitleEven If Your Heart Would Listen
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 27th, 2019
PublisherSparkPress
ISBN-139781684630080
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Autobiography, Memoir

Even If Your Heart Would Listen Review

  • Stefanie
    January 1, 1970
    Even if Your Heart Would Listen is the memoir of a grieving mother who lost her daughter to heroin.I’m not one to ‘judge’ memoirs like this one in the sense you judge other books, because it’s someone’s personal story. The content is filled with the highs and lows of someone’s life and who are we judge another’s life.So, in my rating of this book it is the pure sense of what this story means to the world and the fact that it was someone’s life. Someone’s precious life and everyone should be a fi Even if Your Heart Would Listen is the memoir of a grieving mother who lost her daughter to heroin.I’m not one to ‘judge’ memoirs like this one in the sense you judge other books, because it’s someone’s personal story. The content is filled with the highs and lows of someone’s life and who are we judge another’s life.So, in my rating of this book it is the pure sense of what this story means to the world and the fact that it was someone’s life. Someone’s precious life and everyone should be a five star rating.This book was heart-breaking. The opioid addiction in this country is raging on such a high level and the system is so broken, as expressed in this book over and over again. The people that struggle with addiction are not evil. They are not criminals and they don’t have a malicious intent. They are struggling just as we all struggle. Addiction is a disease and that’s something I strongly believe. Elise shared her daughter’s struggle from her birth up until her death and all of the in betweens. Her struggles with eating disorders, mental health disorders, and in the end drug addiction. It’s a book filled with excerpts from professional journals, as well as her daughter’s journal. It is packed full of facts and information and the major pot holes in the system and where improvement is desperately needed.I highly recommend reading this book, regardless if you or someone you know has struggled with addiction. It is eye-opening!Thank you Elise for sharing your story!
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  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    This book was incredible! So genuine and raw and heartrending all at the same time. The book details a mother’s perspective as her daughter, Giana, grows up— from being a champion swimmer to falling into addiction. The are two parts of this book— recounting Giana’s life and the series of challenges she faces, and the problems of today’s substance abuse treatment programs. The book discusses how different Giana’s recovery may have been had the treatment programs been better run and managed than i This book was incredible! So genuine and raw and heartrending all at the same time. The book details a mother’s perspective as her daughter, Giana, grows up— from being a champion swimmer to falling into addiction. The are two parts of this book— recounting Giana’s life and the series of challenges she faces, and the problems of today’s substance abuse treatment programs. The book discusses how different Giana’s recovery may have been had the treatment programs been better run and managed than it was. A powerful read, and an incredible memoir.
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  • Carole
    January 1, 1970
    This book was a heartbreaking memoir of a young woman I never met, written by her mother, who is a woman of my age. I am not sure if I can be unbiased as a reader, because I knew our author Elise more than 50 years ago (and have not been in contact for all of those years) -- but for me this book was an honest and compelling read. Elise is a wonderful writer, and I look forward to reading her new series. As for this book, I can relate to everything written by Elise and her struggle to help her be This book was a heartbreaking memoir of a young woman I never met, written by her mother, who is a woman of my age. I am not sure if I can be unbiased as a reader, because I knew our author Elise more than 50 years ago (and have not been in contact for all of those years) -- but for me this book was an honest and compelling read. Elise is a wonderful writer, and I look forward to reading her new series. As for this book, I can relate to everything written by Elise and her struggle to help her beloved child, and also relate to the problems and unmanageability experienced by Gianna that ultimately led to her tragic loss. On a general topical note: The details in here about the lack of effective treatment or science behind treating mental illness, substance abuse, addiction, anorexia is always shocking and never seems to improve but only to get worse as most of these programs as they arise are driven by someone's greed. Our jails and prisons are full of addicts and the mentally ill -- those are for the people who don't know how to game the system or who can't afford to pay to get ripped off by these alleged 'treatment centers'.
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  • brettlikesbooks
    January 1, 1970
    big thanks to @booksparks for sending me this copy of:EVEN IF YOUR HEART WOULD LISTEN by elise schiller (memoir) a mother’s account of her daughter’s addiction, replete with ‘what ifs’ and aching loss + coupled with outrage at the nation’s opioid epidemic and its wholly inadequate approach to treatment + as a person who knows people whose lives have been ravaged by addiction (sadly, don’t we all?) and especially as a mother, this was enraging and devastating •“On her side was a new tattoo, one I big thanks to @booksparks for sending me this copy of:EVEN IF YOUR HEART WOULD LISTEN by elise schiller (memoir) a mother’s account of her daughter’s addiction, replete with ‘what ifs’ and aching loss + coupled with outrage at the nation’s opioid epidemic and its wholly inadequate approach to treatment + as a person who knows people whose lives have been ravaged by addiction (sadly, don’t we all?) and especially as a mother, this was enraging and devastating •“On her side was a new tattoo, one I hadn’t seen before...The lyric was: ‘Even if your heart would listen, I doubt I could explain.’ A part of me responded by thinking, what a self-indulgent, adolescent bunch of BS. But not all of me—the words were sad. Giana was sad, isolated. Even if your heart would listen—implying that no one would—I doubt I could explain—meaning that she herself did not understand what was happening to her.”•instagram book reviews @brettlikesbooks
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    I received an advance copy to review for a pop-up tour courtesy of SparkPress.I struggled reading this book. Not only is this a heartbreaking story, but I found myself relating to Giana in many ways and also Elise in others. This story is not to be taken lightly or brushed aside. This is a mother’s pain; a daughters struggle from a parents point of view. No parent should ever wake up to a phone call that their baby is gone. Let alone gone because of an addiction to drugs.Elise Schiller not only I received an advance copy to review for a pop-up tour courtesy of SparkPress.I struggled reading this book. Not only is this a heartbreaking story, but I found myself relating to Giana in many ways and also Elise in others. This story is not to be taken lightly or brushed aside. This is a mother’s pain; a daughters struggle from a parents point of view. No parent should ever wake up to a phone call that their baby is gone. Let alone gone because of an addiction to drugs.Elise Schiller not only gives us her and Giana’s story, she also brings awareness to how broken the road to recovery is. Addiction is a disease and shouldn’t be treated as a ‘one size does fits all’ solution.Whether you know someone struggling from addiction, or you are yourself, I highly recommend everyone to read this book. It is very eye opening to the world of addiction.
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