The riveting story of a mother who is separated from her newborn son and husband when involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward in New Jersey after a harrowing bout of postpartum psychosis
When Catherine and her husband set off from London to introduce her US family to their newborn son, she could not have imagined what lay in store. Before the trip's end, she would find herself involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward in New Jersey, diagnosed with postpartum psychosis. In this unwaveringly honest, insightful, and often shocking memoir Catherine reconstructs her sense of self, starting with her early childhood as the dutiful daughter of Korean immigrants, moving through a harrowing past relationship, and on through the early years of her courtship and marriage with her husband, James. She masterfully interweaves these pieces of her past with a vivid, immediate recounting of the days she spent in the hospital and the horror of being separated from her husband and newborn.
An intensely personal, singular story with themes that are nevertheless universal, Cho digs deep into what it means to rediscover yourself when your identity has been shattered. Written in sparse yet lyrical prose, her story is as inspiring as it is heartrending, and will appeal to readers of Susannah Cahalan's Brain on Fire, EsmE Weijun Wang's The Collected Schizophrenias, and even classics like Susanna Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted.
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