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Unholy Ghost is a unique collection of essays about depression that, in the spirit of William Styron's Darkness Visible, finds vivid expression for an elusive illness suffered by more than one in five Americans today. Unlike any other memoir of depression, however, Unholy Ghost includes many voices and depicts the most complete portrait of the illness. Lauren Slater eloquently describes her own perilous experience as a pregnant woman on antidepressant medication. Susanna Kaysen, writing for the first time about depression since Girl, Interrupted, criticizes herself and others for making too much of the illness. Larry McMurtry recounts the despair that descended after his quadruple bypass surgery. Meri Danquah describes the challenges of racism and depression. Ann Beattie sees melancholy as a consequence of her writing life. And Donald Hall lovingly remembers the "moody seesaw" of his relationship with his wife, Jane Kenyon.

The collection also includes an illuminating series of companion pieces. Russell Banks's and Chase Twichell's essays represent husbandand-wife perspectives on depression; Rose Styron's contribution about her husband's struggle with melancholy is paired with an excerpt from William Styron's Darkness Visible; and the book's editor, Nell Casey, juxtaposes her own essay about seeing her sister through her depression with Maud Casey's account of this experience. These companion pieces portray the complicated bond — a constant grasp for mutual understandingforged by depressives and their family members.

With an introduction by Kay Redfield Jamison, Unholy Ghost allows the bewildering experience of depression to be adequately and beautifully rendered. The twenty-two stories that make up this book will offer solace and enlightenment to all readers.

Synopsis:

"Unholy Ghost" brings vivid expression to an elusive illness suffered by more than one in six Americans today. Unlike any single memoir of depression, this book has many voices: Russell Banks, Ann Beattie, Meri Danquah, Donald Hall, Susanna Kaysen, Larry McMurtry, Rose Styron, Chase Twitchell, and others.

Synopsis:

Unholy Ghost is a unique collection of essays about depression that, in the spirit of William Styron's Darkness Visible, finds vivid expression for an elusive illness suffered by more than one in five Americans today. Unlike any other memoir of depression, however, Unholy Ghost includes many voices and depicts the most complete portrait of the illness. Lauren Slater eloquently describes her own perilous experience as a pregnant woman on antidepressant medication. Susanna Kaysen, writing for the first time about depression since Girl, Interrupted, criticizes herself and others for making too much of the illness. Larry McMurtry recounts the despair that descended after his quadruple bypass surgery. Meri Danquah describes the challenges of racism and depression. Ann Beattie sees melancholy as a consequence of her writing life. And Donald Hall lovingly remembers the moody seesaw of his relationship with his wife, Jane Kenyon.

The collection also includes an illuminating series of companion pieces. Russell Banks's and Chase Twichell's essays represent husbandand-wife perspectives on depression; Rose Styron's contribution about her husband's struggle with melancholy is paired with an excerpt from William Styron's Darkness Visible; and the book's editor, Nell Casey, juxtaposes her own essay about seeing her sister through her depression with Maud Casey's account of this experience. These companion pieces portray the complicated bond — a constant grasp for mutual understandingforged by depressives and their family members.

With an introduction by Kay Redfield Jamison, Unholy Ghost allows the bewildering experience of depression to be adequately and beautifully rendered. Thetwenty-two stories that make up this book will offer solace and enlightenment to all readers.

About the Author

Nell Casey's work has appeared in Elle, Mirabella, Salon,and the New York Times Book Review.She is a 2000-2001 Carter Center mental health journalism fellow. She is also on the board of Stories at the Moth, a nonprofit storytelling organization. She lives in New York City.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060007829
Subtitle:
Writers on Depression
Editor:
Casey, Nell
Editor:
Casey, Nell
Author:
by Nell Casey
Author:
Casey
Author:
Nell
Author:
Casey, Nell
Publisher:
William Morrow Paperbacks
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
Depression
Subject:
Mental health
Subject:
Depression, mental
Subject:
SELF-HELP / Depression
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st Perennial ed.
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series Volume:
107-261
Publication Date:
20020108
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.98x5.34x.75 in. .53 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , "Unholy Ghost" brings vivid expression to an elusive illness suffered by more than one in six Americans today. Unlike any single memoir of depression, this book has many voices: Russell Banks, Ann Beattie, Meri Danquah, Donald Hall, Susanna Kaysen, Larry McMurtry, Rose Styron, Chase Twitchell, and others.

"Synopsis" by , Unholy Ghost is a unique collection of essays about depression that, in the spirit of William Styron's Darkness Visible, finds vivid expression for an elusive illness suffered by more than one in five Americans today. Unlike any other memoir of depression, however, Unholy Ghost includes many voices and depicts the most complete portrait of the illness. Lauren Slater eloquently describes her own perilous experience as a pregnant woman on antidepressant medication. Susanna Kaysen, writing for the first time about depression since Girl, Interrupted, criticizes herself and others for making too much of the illness. Larry McMurtry recounts the despair that descended after his quadruple bypass surgery. Meri Danquah describes the challenges of racism and depression. Ann Beattie sees melancholy as a consequence of her writing life. And Donald Hall lovingly remembers the moody seesaw of his relationship with his wife, Jane Kenyon.

The collection also includes an illuminating series of companion pieces. Russell Banks's and Chase Twichell's essays represent husbandand-wife perspectives on depression; Rose Styron's contribution about her husband's struggle with melancholy is paired with an excerpt from William Styron's Darkness Visible; and the book's editor, Nell Casey, juxtaposes her own essay about seeing her sister through her depression with Maud Casey's account of this experience. These companion pieces portray the complicated bond — a constant grasp for mutual understandingforged by depressives and their family members.

With an introduction by Kay Redfield Jamison, Unholy Ghost allows the bewildering experience of depression to be adequately and beautifully rendered. Thetwenty-two stories that make up this book will offer solace and enlightenment to all readers.

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