And Now I Spill the Family Secrets: An Illustrated Memoir


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5.9 X 8.9 X 1.1 inches | 1.65 pounds

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About the Author

Margaret Kimball is an illustrator and writer whose graphic essays have appeared in Ecotone, Black Warrior Review, Copper Nickel, DIAGRAM, and other outlets. Her work has been listed as Notable in Best American Comics and she's been in residence at both Yaddo and MacDowell artists' colonies. Her illustrations have appeared in Smithsonian Magazine, Bravery, the Boston Globe, and many major publications. She lives with her family in Indianapolis.


"A compelling family saga about falling apart and coming back together again, Kimball's book is part mystery, part confessional, and part love story. Her visuals capture the absences left behind when mental health crises change our relationships to those we love, but her words aim always to reconnect and understand. A probing, insightful, and ultimately beautiful work." -- Brian Castleberry, Director of the Hayes Writers Series and author of Nine Shiny Objects

"Margaret Kimball's heart-wrenching memoir is proof that family secrets--once uncovered and embraced--can not only become art that wows us but art that moves us closer to empathy and understanding." -- Rachel Beanland, author of Florence Adler Swims Forever

"Compelling and beautifully drawn...Margi Kimball sets out to unravel the complicated tangle of her family history with an architect's meticulousness, detective's curiosity, a writer's eloquence, and a daughter and sister's deep yet guarded love." -- Ellen Forney, New York Times bestselling author of Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo and Me

"With scalpel-sharp writing and tidy drawings, Kimball takes on a detective-like rigor as she unthreads her mother's bipolar disorder and suicide attempts, her parents' divorce, and the family history leading up to these defining events....A riveting reality to inhabit." -- Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

"An extraordinarily honest look at life behind closed suburban doors, and with a sublimely redemptive conclusion. A welcome debut that will leave readers eager for a successor--and soon." -- Kirkus (STARRED REVIEW)

"An astonishing, loving, resonant chronicle of the hard and necessary work to make sense of the consciousness in ourselves and in our families." -- Booklist (STARRED REVIEW)

"An empathetic, uncommonly nuanced, and thoroughly brilliant family saga presented with real daring and true artistry." -- Library Journal