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The Edge of Every Day

Sketches of Schizophrenia
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
Length: 9 hrs and 26 mins
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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 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.

©2019 Marin Sardy (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

“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)

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Fascinating compelling interesting and heart felt

One of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. The way the author weaves disparate events and emotions in with her story makes a fascination compelling read. I’ve learned so much about the real impacts of mental illness and the love shared in families who from the outside seem “dysfunctional”. You’ll learn about David Bowie’s struggles with his brother and about the incredible fascinating life of a woman who has traveled the world inside and out rigorously honest heartfelt. Amazing moving. So much love! My mom worked with homeless mentally ill people and until now I didn’t know there were other people with hearts as big as hers. As an intellectual this book engages your mind as well and it’s an easy fast read! Hard to put down.

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