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-- Allison Glock, author of Beauty Before Comfort
"A smart, riveting, alternately sad and amusing account of postpartum depression and psychosis...A Girl, Interrupted for the new-mother set."
-- Cathi Hanauer, author of My Sister's Bones and The Bitch in the House
"Adrienne Martini has had a tough time as both a daughter and a mother, yet she brings back from the wretched edge of the maternal endeavor a book of liveliness and companionability, full of the wit and the will and even the anger that got her through the experience. This post-hillbilly madwoman knows how it is. She slips around your defenses and whispers her jokes and stories in your ear until you can't help but feel less isolated. I found her very good company."
-- Marion Winik, author of Above Us Only Sky and The Lunch-Box Chronicles
"With a rare mixture of honesty, humor, and compassion, Adrienne Martini reveals her painful family legacy of mental illness. Her own encounter with postpartum depression, which she explores fearlessly, is at once harrowing and hopeful. An inspiration to all who are touched by this most complex human condition."
-- Henry Emmons, MD, author of The Chemistry of Joy: A Three-Step Program for Overcoming Depression Through Western Science and Eastern Wisdom
"Hillbilly Gothic captures the fascinating contradictions of the women of modern Appalachia. Adrienne clearly illuminates the pain and shame suffered by those with closeted mental illness, while retaining respect for the several generations of brave mothers and daughters in her family who lived through it. This book is beautifully written, thought-provoking, and slyly funny. Highly recommended."
-- Katie Allison Granju, author of Attachment Parenting --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I can't say that I recommend this book to everyone - its a tough story to read.
It is really amazing sometimes how families can deal with an issue like post-partum depression for generations and still not really talk about it or remember it.
The author's experience with postpartum depression, as recounted in Hillbilly Gothic, is an interesting read.
Although I've never experienced postpartum depression, I did have a mother who struggled her entire life with depression. This memoir deals very well with important topics. Read morePublished on July 24, 2012 by Terri DuLong
The author/narrator had an appealing voice and lured me into her story quickly. I honestly hadn't plan to read the entire book, but after her troubles, I needed to know how it... Read morePublished on November 6, 2011 by Murphy
If you have or had post partum depression do not read this book. On a good note it will make you feel more sane but overall it is very depressing and dark.Published on December 21, 2006 by K. French
I saw this book discussed on the Yarn Harlot's web site, and because I am a fan of southern writers, I thought it would be a good read. I was right. Read morePublished on October 8, 2006 by M. Cahill