Naoko: A Tale  

A new book, which, unlike all its predecessors, has precious little to do with mental illness.  Rather, it is a short, magical story of New York City: part homage to that city's ethnic neighborhoods, part coming of age story, and part romance.

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Josh Greenfield writes about the recovery from mental illness with humor and honesty.


Meet Josh Greenfield

Josh Greenfield is a graduate of both Phillips Andover Academy and Cornell University's College of Arts and Sciences. He holds two masters degrees from the City University of New York, one in History and one in English Literature. He also completed the better part of a doctorate in English at Fordham University. His desire in writing is to tell an entertaining and engaging story, to look for laughs in dark places. ​ He is the author of Cutting Through the Knot: a novel, Homeward Bound: a novella of idle speculation and Full of Wonderment: a novel, all published by Lulu. His work has been featured in The Cornell Daily Sun, The Riverdale Press, Appalachia, Word Catalyst Magazine, Better Than Starbucks, Chaleur Magazine, Prometheus Dreaming, The B'K Journal, and Adelaide Literary Magazine. His story, "And the Doors of the Ambulance Closed," was nominated for a Best of the Net award in 2019.  His novel Continue Breathing  was published by Adelaide Books in December, 2020.

Continue Breathing: A Novel


Throughout human history, mental illness has created fear. Nobody understood it and nobody knew what to do about it. Treatment of the mentally ill became more humane, but they were persistently shunned to the darkest of corners. People did not recover. And the mentally ill certainly did not speak for themselves. With the pharmacological revolution in psychiatric medication that has been taking place since the middle of the Twentieth Century this is beginning to change. People stricken with serious mental illness are free and participating in society as never before. Rarely however, has their voice been heard, a voice that is honest, even humorous in the face of such debilitating symptoms. “Continue Breathing: A Novel” begins to fill that void. Yes, it is a fiction, but it presents a voice from someone on the other side of the prescribing desk, the hospital bed, the man quietly walking away from his doctor’s office. It is a voice that deserves to be heard.

Recent Publications

"A Walk by the River
Adelaide Literary Journal

Prometheus Dreaming

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