One Friday in April: A Story of Suicide and Survival

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.

Through a clear and haunting reckoning with the author's own story, One Friday in April confronts the limits of our understanding of suicide. Donald Antrim's personal insights reframe suicide--whether in thought or in 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.



Author: Donald Antrim
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Published: 10/12/2021
Pages: 144
Binding Type: Hardcover
Weight: 0.63lbs
Size: 8.54h x 5.80w x 0.66d
ISBN: 9781324005568

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 07/12/2021
Kirkus Reviews 08/15/2021
Booklist 09/15/2021 pg. 3