"The Edge of Every Day"
The Edge of Every Day: Sketches of Schizophrenia by Marin Sardy
2019 Hardcovered, with dust jacket, very gently used
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.
The book's chapters 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.