Hillbilly Gothic

Hillbilly Gothic

Adrienne Martini

Crafts / Knitting / Nonfiction

"My family has a grand tradition. After a woman gives birth, she goes mad. I thought that I would be the one to escape."So begins Adrienne Martini's candid, compelling, and darkly humorous history of her family's and her own experiences with depression and postpartum syndrome.Illuminating depression from the inside, Martini delves unflinchingly into her own breakdown and institutionalization and traces the multigenerational course of this devastating problem. Moving back and forth between characters and situations, she vividly portrays the isolation -- geographical and metaphorical -- of the Appalachia of her forebears and the Western Pennsylvania region where she grew up. She also weaves in the stories of other women, both contemporary and historic, who have dealt with postpartum depression in all its guises, from fleeting "baby blues" to full-blown psychosis.Serious as her subject is, Martini's narrative is unfailingly engaging and filled with witty, wry observa...
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