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And Now I Spill the Family Secrets: An Illustrated Memoir

And Now I Spill the Family Secrets: An Illustrated Memoir

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In the spirit of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Margaret Kimball's AND NOW I SPILL THE FAMILY SECRETS begins in the aftermath of a tragedy.

In 1988, when Kimball is only four years old, her mother attempts suicide on Mother's Day--and this becomes one of many things Kimball's family never speaks about. As she searches for answers nearly thirty years later, Kimball embarks on a thrilling visual journey into the secrets her family has kept for decades.

Using old diary entries, hospital records, home videos, and other archives, Margaret pieces together a narrative map of her childhood--her mother's bipolar disorder, her grandmother's institutionalization, and her brother's increasing struggles--in an attempt to understand what no one likes to talk about: the fractures in her family.

Both a coming-of-age story about family dysfunction and a reflection on mental health, AND NOW I SPILL THE FAMILY SECRETS is funny, poignant, and deeply inspiring in its portrayal of what drives a family apart and what keeps them together.



Author: Margaret Kimball
Publisher: HarperOne
Published: 04/20/2021
Pages: 288
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 1.65lbs
Size: 8.90h x 5.90w x 1.10d
ISBN: 9780063007444

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 12/07/2020
Library Journal 02/01/2021 pg. 73
Booklist 02/01/2021 pg. 32
Kirkus Reviews 02/15/2021
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