The Edge of Every Day: Sketches of Schizophrenia (Hardcover)

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The debut of an important new literary voice: Marin Sardy's extraordinarily affecting, fiercely intelligent memoir unflinchingly traces the path of the schizophrenia that runs in her family.

Against the starkly beautiful backdrop of Anchorage, Alaska, where the author grew up, Marin Sardy weaves a fearless account of the shapeless thief—the schizophrenia—that kept her mother immersed in a world of private delusion and later manifested in her brother, ultimately claiming his life.

Composed of exquisite, self-contained chapters that take us through three generations of this adventurous, artistic, and often haunted family, The Edge of Every Day draws in topics from neuroscience and evolution to the mythology and art rock to shape its brilliant inquiry into how the mind works. In the process, Sardy casts new light on the treatment of the mentally ill in our society. Through it all runs her blazing compassion and relentless curiosity, as her meditations takes us to the very edge of love and loss—and invite us to look at what comes after.

About the Author


MARIN SARDY's essays and criticism have appeared in Tin House, Guernica, The Rumpus, Fourth Genre, The Missouri Review, ARTnews, and Art Ltd., as well as in two award-winning photography books, Landscape Dreams and Ghost Ranch and the Faraway Nearby. She has also been the arts editor in chief at Santa Fe's Santa Fean magazine. A Pushcart Prize nominee, Sardy has twice had her work listed among the year's notable essays in Best American Essays. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.

www.marinsardy.com

Praise For…


“A shape-shifting debut memoir about a family's coming to terms with schizophrenia . . . Essayist and critic Sardy delivers an extraordinarily ambitious and accomplished narrative about significant challenges. She chronicles the immense difficulties in trying to maintain a semblance of sanity while both her mother and brother suffer through schizophrenia that they refuse to acknowledge, with the rest of the family in various states of denial as well . . . Illuminat[es] mental illness from the inside out . . . Both powerful and disturbing . . . [An] impressive debut.” Kirkus Reviews (starred) 
Product Details
ISBN: 9781524746933
ISBN-10: 1524746932
Publisher: Pantheon
Publication Date: May 21st, 2019
Pages: 304
Language: English