My husband shook his head adamantly. "We can't just ignore The Game. It will never go away. We have to see it to the end." Never go away. See it to the end. These phrases began to echo in the recesses of my mind. I felt trapped again. As far as I could tell, there wasn't an end. It would never end.
Through a series of dreams and delusions, Curtis Hansen becomes convinced that he and his wife, Pauline, are part of an intricate game devised for the entertainment of wealthy onlookers. To win, the couple must follow an elaborate system of rules that only Curtis knows how to decode, and stay together despite a series of temptations and trials designed to break up their marriage.
For Pauline, The Game starts out as a minor annoyance—one of her husband's quirks. But when it begins to dictate their finances, control their daily routines, and even limit interaction with their own children, Pauline is forced to finally draw the line. After playing The Game with Curtis for nine arduous years, she makes a shocking discovery. Patchwork Reality is the riveting true account of Pauline's decade in the dark and her return to reality, hope, and happiness after Curtis is diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.