Mimi and Don Galvin married in the early 1940’s and in twenty years had a dozen children-10 boys and 2 girls. What began as a charmed life-handsome family, ambitious father, caring mother-slowly unraveled into a nightmare. Eventually it was discovered that six of the Galvin sons suffered from schizophrenia. Life was not only a living hell for Mimi and Don and the six sons with schizophrenia, it was also unbearable for the healthy siblings. Although Mimi tried to present to the outside world a perfect family, the Galvin household was filled with violence, abuse and chaos.
I read Hidden Valley Road while I was suffering from the corona virus. It is such an intense, interesting, alarming work of nonfiction that I couldn’t put it down even when I should have been napping. Hidden Valley Road is a must read for anyone interested in mental illness and dysfunctional families.