The Art of Misdiagnosis

The Art of Misdiagnosis

Surviving My Mother's Suicide

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Award-winning novelist and poet Gayle Brandeis's wrenching memoir of her complicated family history and her mother's suicide Gayle Brandeis's mother disappeared just after Gayle gave birth to her youngest child. Several days later, her body was found: she had hanged herself in the utility closet of a Pasadena parking garage. In this searing, formally inventive memoir, Gayle describes the dissonance between being a new mother, a sweet-smelling infant at her chest, and a grieving daughter trying to piece together what happened, who her mother was, and all she had and hadn't understood about her. Around the time of her suicide, Gayle's mother had been working on a documentary about the rare illnesses she thought ravaged her family: porphyria and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.
Publisher: Boston : Beacon Press, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780807044865
Branch Call Number: 616.8980092 BRA 2017
Characteristics: 253 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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