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Tender, Tragic Love Story, My Bittersweet Charlie, Published by Outskirts Press

Robert L. Clark’s new novel dramatically reveals the deep layers of schizophrenia and manic-depression that surface in a frightening, humorous and tragic relationship between a university professor and his alluring, but deeply troubled young graduate student and elementary school teacher.

Kettering, OH, September 02, 2011 --( Debut author Dr. Robert L. Clark announced today the release of My Bittersweet Charlie, A Novel: A Tender and Tragic Love Story about a Young Teacher and her Battles with Manic-Depression and Schizophrenia, published by Outskirts Press. Clark’s novel is both shocking and poignant as he shows the wildly ecstatic, yet ultimately tragic ride two lovers take while one of them, the beautiful and bright young Charlie, grapples with her manic-depression and schizophrenic tendencies.

Twenty-five year old elementary school teacher Charlie Johnston seems to have everything: beauty, brains, charm, talent and drive. She also has a dark side and her lover, university professor Dr. Doug Larson, has come to know it only too well in their relationship. Charlie is competitive, manipulative, impulsive and promiscuous. When depressed, she drinks to excess.

Charlie is also torn between her desire to have a monogamous, secure relationship, like most of her fellow teachers, and her need to come and go freely from one relationship to another, playing her succession of lovers like tennis opponents: forty-love, deuce, advantage, win, game over.

The novel opens with Doug, after a tumultuous two and one-half year relationship with Charlie, writing her an angry, hurtful letter telling her to pick up her furniture and to get out of his life. Even though Doug is very much in love with Charlie and desperately wishes to help her, he realizes that unless he ends the relationship that Charlie will ultimately destroy both of them. The story then returns to the beginning of Doug and Charlie’s relationship which encompasses many high and many, many low periods. Throughout the novel, Charlie has in-depth discussions with Doug in regard to her visits with several psychiatrists.

Author Clark is able both to tell a compelling love story and to provide helpful insights for his readers into the tragic nature of these mental disorders, not just because of his own writing talent, but because he himself has lived first hand a similar drama. His aunt was diagnosed at twenty-one with manic-depression and schizophrenia and was treated with numerous bouts of electro-shock therapy and regular medications.

My Bittersweet Charlie demonstrates that sometimes giving one’s all, is still not enough.

My Bittersweet Charlie is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback white ISBN: 978-1-4327-7426-4 SRP: $16.95
Kindle $ 9.99
Genre: Fiction/romance/psychological

About the author:

Robert L. Clark, Ph.D., is a retired university professor and lives with his wife Michele in Dayton, Ohio. Dr. Clark has been the Executive Producer and Host of approximately one hundred current events television programs on PBS and on the local networks in the Dayton and Cincinnati markets.

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