Author Theresa Sopko Explores the Shadowy Spaces of Depression in Debut Novel, "Bewilderments of the Eyes"

Top Quote Establishing new author Theresa Sopko as a serious creative voice, "Bewilderments of the Eyes" shines a light into the darkness that is mental illness. End Quote
  • Phoenix-Mesa, AZ (1888PressRelease) July 14, 2016 - The novel follows 20-year-old Quinn Aldredge as she strives to pull herself out of a debilitating depression. Along the way, she learns valuable but tough lessons to which most readers will be able to relate. "Bewilderments of the Eyes" officially launched on June 8 and will be available in paperback and eBook formats via Amazon and

    "Bewilderments of the Eyes" is essentially about a journey, not only through physical space but also through the inner spaces of the mind. The novel's protagonist, Quinn Aldredge, has found herself mired soul-deep in a state of clinical depression. Like most people who have experienced the condition, Quinn sees no way out. That's when her best friend enters the story, insisting on a spontaneous summer road trip.

    Quinn sees the road trip as a risky but necessary step in her journey to rediscover the "Old Quinn" who actually lived life. As her depression wanes, she finds there's more to life than she ever imagined.

    "Quinn's story is a reminder that depression can be a powerful beast that steals a person's vigor, making it difficult to even get out of bed each morning," explains Sopko. "However, there is always light in the darkness - nothing is ever really hopeless."

    Critics have praised "Bewilderments of the Eyes" for its honest portrayal of depression.
    A 4-star review from Self-Publishing Review states that the novel "is a powerful and important story that conveys the depth of Quinn and her struggles."

    "I have never read a more vivid description of mental illness, even while Quinn is struggling to find the words," says Mercy Pilkington of Author Options "I see this book as having the potential to be a game changer for teens with mental illness."

    Sopko is putting the world on notice that "Bewilderments of the Eyes" is only the beginning - she currently has four other novels in the works, along with a collection of short stories. Fans can follow Sopko on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to receive updates and get to know this emerging talent a little better.

    About the Author
    Theresa Sopko has long believed in the transformative, essential power of storytelling. She began writing almost as soon as she was capable of grasping a pencil. A graduate of Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts, her debut novel, "Bewilderment of the Eyes," has received a warm response from critics, readers and fellow authors. Sopko describes her purpose this way: "I want to share my stories, and connected with others' stories. I want to explore the worlds inside my head and always have characters to fall in love with."

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