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ISBN-10: 1324005564
ISBN-13: 9781324005568
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 10/12/2021
Dimensions: 8.54" L, 5.80" W, 0.66" H

One Friday in April: A Story of Suicide and Survival

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As the sun lowered in the sky one Friday afternoon in April 2006, acclaimed author Donald Antrim found himself on the roof of his Brooklyn apartment building, afraid for his life. In this moving memoir, Antrim vividly recounts what led him to the roof and what happened after he came back down: two hospitalizations, weeks of fruitless clinical trials, the terror of submitting to ECT–and the saving call from David Foster Wallace that convinced him to try it–as well as years of fitful recovery and setback.

One Friday in April reframes suicide–whether in thought or action–as an illness in its own right, a unique consequence of trauma and personal isolation, rather than the choice of a depressed person. A necessary companion to William Styron’s classic Darkness Visible, this profound, insightful work sheds light on the tragedy and mystery of suicide, offering solace that may save lives.

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[An] engrossing, necessary book–part memoir, part philosophical treatise... [An] intimate testimony from someone who has lived through an illness long shrouded in silence, shame and sin... Antrim's inventive, circular prose style reflects his sense of warped time: Hours bend, fragment, compress, extend... One hopes this brief, courageous book will bring us closer to the 'paradigm shift' Antrim seeks.–Heather Clark "New York Times Book Review"
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Details

ISBN-10: 1324005564
ISBN-13: 9781324005568
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publish Date: 10/12/2021
Dimensions: 8.54" L, 5.80" W, 0.66" H
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