A novel about mental illness and hope, based on the journal writings of Shayne, a victim of suicide.
Shayne was 33 when she took her life. A year later, in the novel, Shayne’s family gathers to wade through the stack of journals she left behind.
During their weekend retreat, they are led by a psychiatrist with the goal of better understanding what happened and why. Can Britt cool his anger at his departed sister? Can the family finally accept her loss? Is it possible her journal writings might inspire others to survive?
Softly, As I Leave You is a story interwoven with the actual unedited journal writings of Shayne, a talented Atlanta-based actor.
In Shayne’s own words, readers are taken through raw emotions of self-loathing, anorexia, mutilation and manipulation as her most intimate secrets are slowly revealed to the family. Her phoenix-like relationship syndrome, time and again, made her reach out to God, therapists and men to pull her from the vortex of sadness.
Through her writings, will Shayne be able to come back to help her family?
The poignant, often humorous novel centers on the real life of Shayne Ann Kohout, the beautiful person everyone want to be. Everyone except Shayne.