Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir

Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir

by Sarah Fawn Montgomery

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ISBN-13: 9780814254868
Publisher: Ohio State University Press
Publication date: 09/21/2018
Series: Machete Series
Edition description: 1
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 546,054
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Sarah Fawn Montgomery is the author of Regenerate: Poems of Mad Women, Leaving Tracks: A Prairie Guide, and The Astronaut Checks His Watch. She works as Prairie Schooner’s Assistant Nonfiction Editor and is an Assistant Professor at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.
 

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LeslieLindsay 5 months ago
Brilliant and incredible debut work of nonfiction, about the author's life with myriad mental health diagnoses, QUITE MAD, should be required reading for all, but especially those who have been touched with mental illness, either in a personal or professional manner. With searing intelligence, unflinching honesty, and a breadth of research, Sarah Fawn Montgomery has left me in complete awe. QUITE MAD (Mad Creek Books, 2018) is a gorgeous melding of literary journalism meets memoir and is focused mostly on women in the U.S. and their relationship with mental illness. But. Sarah Fawn Montgomery had a challenging family of origin, too. Much of this tumultuous upbringing is chronicled throughout the pages--delving into both of her parents backgrounds, their own anxiety, their desire to adopt a houseful of 'special needs' kids (abandoned at birth, drug-addicted babies, and those who otherwise weren't cut out for foster care and their subsequent diagnoses). I read with interest, with disbelief, with shock. I found the prose poetic, literary, thoughtful, raw, honest, and poignant. The author takes the reader into a history of mental illness in the U.S. [of mostly women] marked with abuse, misunderstanding, social faux pas, medications, lack of healthcare, therapy, the paternalistic nature of psychiatry, and so much more. Much of this made me cringe, but it's also, still reality. And things need to change. Still, we volley between this and the author's personal story: her struggles with severe anxiety, her OCD, her disordered eating, and more. It's all so well done and I couldn't stop flagging pages. Truly, an important, humane read that is very thought-provoking, while simultaneously evoking empathy. Read it! I found some similarities in terms of research and style to that of Ron Powers's NOBODY CARES ABOUT CRAZY PEOPLE meets RUNNING WITH SCISSORS (in terms of Fawn Montgomery's family of origin), with a touch of Terri Cheney's work.