Roll Back the World: A Sister's Memoir

Roll Back the World: A Sister's Memoir

by Deborah Kasdan
Roll Back the World: A Sister's Memoir

Roll Back the World: A Sister's Memoir

by Deborah Kasdan


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Named one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best 100 Indie Books of 2023

“Intricate and affecting, Kasdan’s debut finds hope in the saddest of stories.”

What happens to sibling relationships when your older sister, the budding poet you loved and admired as a child, falls prey to severe mental illness? When Deborah Kasdan’s sister returns from a gap year in Israel, she dazzles friends and family with her sophistication and beauty. In three years, however, Rachel is committed to a psychiatric hospital. The diagnosis: schizophrenia.  As the years pass, Deborah focuses on her own family and career but constantly feels shadowed by a sense of guilt, especially when a plan to help Rachel backfires and leaves her hospitalized 2,000 miles from home. Eventually a poem Rachel writes gains her admission, against all odds, to a highly regarded community mental health program. After decades, she finally gains the freedom she has long yearned for.

Relating her older sister’s struggle, Kasdan excavates its connections to family history and provides a poignant look at a mid-century Jewish family, especially during WWII and the Cold War. As she relates this history to her sister’s life, she realizes how writing consoles both Rachel and her, and how it also connects them. Ultimately, Roll Back the World is a profound testament to the power of writing to heal. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781647425715
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 10/17/2023
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,120,965
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Deborah Kasdan lived in the Midwest before moving to the Northeast, where she had a thirty-five-year career writing about business and technology. She has served on the board of directors of an intergenerational housing organization and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for Southwest CT. She is a passionate swimmer and yoga practitioner, and a grandmother of four. During the summer she and her husband vacation near the great Nauset Marsh of Cape Cod and live the rest of the year in Norwalk, Connecticut. She is currently working on a novel based on her mother’s stories about growing up in Chicago during the 1930s.

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