Sunday, May 1, 2011

Book review: Your voice in my head by Emma Forrest

Title: Your voice in my head
Author: Emma Forrest
Genre: Memoir
Subject: Manic-Depression, Love, Loss
Publisher: Other Press
Release date: May, 3rd, 2011
Length: 224 pages
I got this book: From the publisher for review through NetGalley

"Emma Forrest, a British journalist, was just twenty-two and living the fast life in New York City when she realized that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. In a cycle of loneliness, damaging relationships, and destructive behavior, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding, and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist-a man whose wisdom and humanity would wrench her from the dangerous tide after she tried to end her life. She was on the brink of drowning, but she was still working, still exploring, still writing, and she had also fallen deeply in love. One day, when Emma called to make an appointment with her psychiatrist, she found no one there. He had died, shockingly, at the age of fifty-three, leaving behind a young family. Reeling from the premature death of a man who had become her anchor after she turned up on his doorstep, she was adrift. And when her all-consuming romantic relationship also fell apart, Emma was forced to cling to the page for survival and regain her footing on her own terms."

Personal opinion:
This book was such an interesting read. It felt like I was taken through a roller-coaster of emotions. Emma gave me a great insight in her life and what she felt, even the awkward parts that a person would normally not be keen to share. This made the book honest and pure. Even though Emma wanted to write this book as a tribute to her shrink, it is more about her life and the great influence he had on her. However the book is filled with quotes from other patients, friends and family of this remarkable man. This touched me deeply and I thought it was a beautiful way to express the way he changed the life of so many people. I don't know the man, but it is clear to me that he is missed and I can see why.

Sometimes the book gave me a Sex and the City feeling, which is okay because I like Sex and the City. It touches heavy subjects but the author manages to keep it light because of her wit. The only thing I disliked about the book was the latter part when Emma had to deal with the loss of her relationship and to me the book started to drag a bit eventually. I can surely recommend this book if you want to read something that goes deep, yet doesn't feel heavy.

I liked it!

A quote that spoke to me was:
"Time heals all wounds. And if it doesn't, you name them something other than wounds and agree to let them stay."

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