A Room With a Darker View

$0.00

‘Unsurprisingly, feminists have been at the forefront of writing illness narratives, from Virginia Woolf to Audre Lord and Susan Sontag. My family’s inability to accommodate my mother’s illness, the perniciousness of her particular subtype of schizophrenia, paranoia, and the story of women’s fight for gender equality in both the workplace and at home are part of this chronicle.’ 

A Room with a Darker View is an unflinching, feminist work that chronicles the author’s troubled relationship with her mother, an Oxford-trained lawyer, whose severe illness – marked by manic bouts of senseless laughter, persistent delusions, and florid hallucinations – went unrecognized for decades by both her husband, a world-class British astrophysicist, and her father, a Jewish-Zimbabwean doctor knighted by Pope Paul VI.

Told in fragments, flashbacks, and chronicling the most extreme but unfortunately common aspects of schizophrenia, this elegantly written memoir is a reflection on illness, shame, and the generation gaps that have defined mother-daughter relationships amid the evolution of feminism in the 20th century. Like Porochista Khakpour’s lauded memoir, Sick (2018), A Room with a Darker View is not a linear tale of redemption or restitution. Rather, it challenges conceptions about mental illness and how we frame contributions by outliers to society, while offering a scathing look at a broken medical system, the unwillingness of an elite educated family to reckon with its secrets, and finally, the universally understood difficulty of caring for an aging parent with a chronic illness.

SKU: 1 Category:
Borrowing a book is easy. Choose a book from the selection below and we will be in contact with you to arrange pickup or delivery by a peer trainer at your current course. Deposit of $10 cash is required, refundable after the book is returned.
Borrowing Terms and Conditions:
·   Borrowing term is two weeks
·   Books can be re-borrowed for a further two weeks upon request if there is no waiting list
·   Books must be collected within 5 days of placing order. Books which fail to be collected will be returned into the library
·   Return date is agreed upon at the time of borrowing
·   If the book is not returned by the due date, the borrower may forfeit their deposit
·   If the book fails to be returned, an invoice for the cost of the book minus the deposit will be issued
·   Books can be collected from either SWSRC Head Office (Level 8, 138 Queen Street Campbelltown NSW 2560) or from your nominated course/workshop (you must be a current SWSRC student to select this option.)
·   You agree to pay a $10 cash deposit at the time of collection

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.