Dela Cruz publishes second novel


In Jose S. Dela Cruz’s new novel, Lorenzo’s Mind (published by Archway Publishing), a personal injury attorney named Lorenzo fears he is losing his mind.

Lorenzo, 62, is plagued by recurring nightmares, so he embarks on a journey of self-discovery to understand why. When he learns he is suffering the effects of litigating a major case, Lorenzo fears he is having a mental breakdown, decides to shun his perfectionism and take a new, more relaxed approach to life.

“I would like readers of my book to be more aware and sensitive to mental health issues and the people who suffer from these illnesses. I also want people to understand that mental problems and diseases need to be diagnosed and treated just like the bodily illnesses and injuries that are treated as a matter of course,” Dela Cruz says. “As the world becomes more and more technological and technical, our brain is called upon to work harder and harder, causing it to break down every now and then. For many, suicide becomes the ultimate mental breakdown.”

Dela Cruz grew up in the Northern Mariana Islands. He graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, Law School, served as a trial judge, and later as chief justice of the Northern Marianas Supreme Court. He and his wife, Rita, have three children and three grandchildren, and reside on Saipan. This is his second book, From Colonialism to Self-Government: The Northern Marianas Experience being his first. (PR)

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