The Fading of Lloyd embroils the reader in family history as members struggle through historic challenges: the end of the American frontier, the dawn of railroad travel that wove Midwest communities together, World War I, and the social mores of the 1920s and 1930s.
The Huttleston family, whose son, Lloyd, is mentally retarded, struggles to cope with the difficulties encountered with his care.
After he is diagnosed schizophrenic and institutionalized, Lloyd dies during shock therapy.
The Fading of Lloyd poses many questions by revealing a family’s journey with mental retardation and the actions of an insane asylum in early 20th century. Armed with today’s knowledge, this journey is filled with tragic realizations and even horror at what were considered “norms” at the time.
File Size: 3756 KB
Print Length: 129 pages
Publisher: Golden Word Books (January 27, 2017)
Publication Date: January 27, 2017
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
It was through her studies of Dr. Murray Bowen’s Family Systems Theory that Kit Crumpton became interested in genealogy and collecting oral histories of her own nuclear and extended family members. Her first historical novel, Raiding the Empire of the Sun: Tinian 1945, is based on the experiences of her father as a B-29 pilot in World War II. Her second historical novel, The Fading of Lloyd, is based on an uncle who was mentally retarded and died at Elgin State Hospital in Illinois in 1941. In her non-writing life, Kit has four college degrees, and has worked as a Software Engineer, a Systems Engineer, and a Project Engineer.
Review by Crystal J. Casavant-Otto
The Fading of Lloyd is a tragic tale and yet it's inspiring because we as a society have come so far. This was definitely a story that needed to be told. Author Kit Crumpton told the story incredibly well. She has a talent for storytelling and this tale is beautifully written.
I obviously was not alive during the time of the American frontier and yet Crumpton did a thorough job researching this time period and drawing me in as a reader. She has a talent for historical storytelling. I am definitely a fan of her writing style and look forward to picking up some of her other titles (specifically Raiding the Empire of the Sun . Whether you typically read historical novels or not, you'll find pieces of The Fading of Lloyd that will definitely speak to your human side and you'll be drawn right in.
I would definitely recommend this book to others and I'm quite proud to give it 5 stars.
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