Clem Martini and Olivier Martini
Olivier Martini and his mother, Catherine, have lived together since he was diagnosed with schizophrenia 36 years ago. It hasn't always been a perfect living situation, but it's worked — Catherine has helped Olivier through the ups and downs of living with a mental illness, and Olivier has cared for his aging mother as her mobility becomes limited, and Olivier's brothers Clem and Nic have provided support to both as well. But then Olivier experiences a health crisis at the exact same time that his mother starts slipping into dementia.
The Martini family's lifelong struggle with mental illness is suddenly complicated immeasurably as they begin to navigate the convoluted world of assisted living and long-term care. With anger, dry humour and hope, The Unravelling tells the story of one family's journey with mental illness, dementia and caregiving, through a poignant graphic narrative from Olivier accompanied by text from his brother, award-winning playwright and novelist Clem Martini. (From Freehand Books)