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Inferno: A Memoir of Motherhood and Madness

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The riveting story of a young mother who is separated from her newborn son and husband when she's involuntarily committed to a psychiatric ward in New Jersey after a harrowing bout of postpartum psychosis

When Catherine and her husband set off from London to introduce their newborn son to family scattered across the United States, she could not have imagined what lay in
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: August 4th 2020 by Henry Holt & Company
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Kelly Long
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This is a tough book to read because of the host and raw emotion that it gives the reader. I can't even begin to imagine how frightening it would be to "lose" one's mind in psychosis.
This book is written with such honesty. I like how she incorporates the past in with her experience of being in the mental hospital.
Denise
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I've always been fascinated by the topic of postpartum psychosis. I have four children and have suffered postpartum depression and anxiety, so it's a topic close to my heart. I've never seen a memoir or even a book written about it, so I was so excited to read Catherine Cho's memoir. I read it practically in one sitting. It was so moving and fascinating that I couldn't put it down. My only complaint is that I wish it was longer and had more detail! Postpartum psychosis is something that needs so ...more
Grace
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This book was terrifying, as losing control of your mind usually is.

It is written in parallel, the author's memories of the psychiatric ward laid in between bits and pieces of the rest of her life story. At the beginning it feels a bit plodding, taking in a stranger's stories of her childhood and wondering why you should care, but as you get to know the author and her loved ones you can't help but feel the dread and powerlessness of her eventual psychiatric break.
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