Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir


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$23.95  $22.27
Mad Creek Books
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.9 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author

Sarah Fawn Montgomery is the author of Regenerate: Poems of Mad Women, Leaving Tracks: A Prairie Guide, and The Astronaut Checks His Watch. She works as Prairie Schooner's Assistant Nonfiction Editor and is an Assistant Professor at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts.


"An important and incredible debut work of nonfiction, a powerful consideration of our collective thinking about mental health, and a heartfelt unflinching memoir of her own personal fight against misunderstanding and overmedication." --Steven Church, author of I'm Just Getting to the Disturbing Part
"Sarah Fawn Montgomery's Quite Mad is a brilliant, kinetic story of living with anxiety disorder. She captures both her inner struggles and her outer ones, taking control of both herself and the clinicians who put patient needs last. An essential book." --Susanne Paola Antonetta, author of A Mind Apart
"Quite Mad is at once a well-organized history of mental illness, especially with regard to women, an examination of the role of the illness narrative, and a fascinating memoir of a woman's struggle." --Intima
"Montgomery puts American denial on display, describing why we label mental illness so paradoxically: 'to talk of disease without cure is problematic for a country concerned with triumph.' As a country we choose to pop pills instead of accepting the difficult aspects of human existence, medicating ourselves into oblivion. Quite Mad is the wake-up call that we need." --Madeline Day, Paris Review
"A wrenching account of a difficult upbringing and a chaotic brain that will leave readers marveling at the author's endurance. . . . The author offers a gripping picture of the real pain and suffering of someone diagnosed with chronic mental illness." --Kirkus Reviews
"To cover so much material could have resulted in an unwieldy book, but Montgomery's keen curiosity guides us through history, social criticism, and the author's lived experience....Quite Mad joins several recent works...which, thankfully, seem to be working toward new ways of writing about mental health."
--Melissa Oliveira, Brevity