A Room with a Darker View: Chronicles of My Mother and Schizophrenia


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Doppelhouse Press
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5.2 X 7.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author

Claire Phillips is the author of the memoir A Room with a Darker View: Chronicles of My Mother and Schizophrenia (DoppelHouse) and the novella Black Market Babies (11th Hour Press). She is the recipient of the Academy of American Poets prize and a Pushcart Prize notable. Her writing has appeared in Black Clock magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, Largehearted Boy, Joyland, Los Angeles Review of Books, Motherboard-Vice, and Vol. 1 Brooklyn, among other places. She teaches writing at CalArts, SCI-Arc, and U.C. Irvine, and is Director of the Los Angeles Writers Reading Series at Glendale College. She holds a M.A. in Creative Writing from New York University and a B.A. in English from San Francisco State University.


As heroic as it is original, Claire Phillips' writing always finds the scary corners that would be secret to any other author, from which inevitably there comes into vision a revelatory perspective. Reading A Room With a Darker View, you won't shake it from your mind; finishing it, you won't shake it from your memory.
--Steve Erickson, author of Shadowbahn and Zeroville
An engrossing story of identity formation, Phillips ultimately gives us not a confessional memoir but a parable of agency and resilience amid uncertain reality. As a speculative fiction writer whose work is rooted in an encyclopedic knowledge of science fiction, she crafts a tale of time travel, one where past-present-futures collapse into braided familial, personal, and social histories. Throughout the book Phillips illuminates the fierce reality of her mother's delusions as well as the tools she gives her daughter to survive her. --Connie Samaras
Short, distilled chapters of quietly tantalizing prose grip us throughout the span of Claire Phillips' fully realized and haunting story of her mother, an Oxford-trained lawyer with a mental illness difficult to treat and to diagnose.
--Bruce Baumann, author of And the Word Was and Broken Sleep