Thursday, June 7, 2012

Hillbilly Gothic - Adrienne Martini

Subtitle: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness

This book was a recommendation from a blogger I follow on the topic of postpartum depression.  The author experienced PPD with her first child.  Her stories were eerily familiar and had me crying at the memories. We still have so far to go in understanding this horrible disease and its effects on families.

She traces the history of depression in her family tree and the unwillingness of family to discuss it.  The lack of information even in 2002 when she had her baby is disheartening.  She has a wry wit that I suspect helped her get through the dark days.

Published: 2006  Read: June 2012  Genre: Biography

(library book)

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