In Her Wake

In Her Wake

A Child Psychiatrist Explores the Mystery of Her Mother's Suicide

Book - 2009/09/01
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Baker & Taylor
Follows the author's attemps to understand her mother's life and suicide by piecing together information from court depositions, interviews, media coverage, and an unpublished novel.

Perseus Publishing
A psychiatrist’s haunting memoir of her mother’s suicide illuminates our understanding of family tragedy.

In 1963, Nancy Rappaport’s mother committed suicide after a bitter divorce and custody battle. Nancy was four years old. As one of eleven children in a prominent Boston family, Nancy struggled to come to terms with the reasons why her mother took her own life. After years spent interviewing family and friends, Rappaport uncovers the story of a conflicted and troubled activist, socialite, and community leader. Drawing on court depositions, her mother’s unpublished novel, newspapers, and her own experiences, she highlights heartbreaking stories of a complicated life that played out in the public eye. Inspiring, honest, and engaging, Rappaport’s story sheds light on the agonizing nature of loss and healing, and reveals the permeable boundaries between therapists and the patients they treat.


Book News
When she was 4 years old, Rappaport's mother, a Boston socialite, killed herself after losing custody of her children. Rappaport (psychiatry, Harvard Medical School) shares her quest to understand her mother's suicide and cope with her half-sister's mental illness, and how her family history has affected her life and practice with patients. The insightful book includes family photos and resources on mental illness and suicide prevention. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
In 1963, Nancy Rappaport's mother committed suicide after a bitter divorce and custody battle. Nancy was four years old. As one of eleven children in a prominent Boston family, Nancy struggled to come to terms with the reasons why her mother took her own life. After years spent interviewing family and friends, Rappaport uncovers the story of a conflicted and troubled activist, socialite, and community leader. Drawing on court depositions, her mother's unpublished novel, newspapers, and her own experiences, she highlights heartbreaking stories of a complicated life that played out in the public eye. Inspiring, honest, and engaging, Rappaport's story sheds light on the agonizing nature of loss and healing, and reveals the permeable boundaries between therapists and the patients they treat.

Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2009/09/01
ISBN: 9780465014507
046501450X
Branch Call Number: 362.284 RAP
Characteristics: 320 p

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