City of One by Francine Cournos
A Memoir

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A poignant and unforgettable memoir of growing up orphaned. Francine was three years old when her father died, and by the time she was eleven, her mother was dead of breast cancer. "I had been hurled over a cliff," she writes. "The irreversibility of what had happened crashed down on me; a nauseating wave of fear and a flood of tears followed. I didn't know who I was without my mother. . . . What would fill the vast space left by the disappearance of this all-consuming relationship? How would I spend my time? What would I become?" In answering these questions, Dr. Francine Cournos offers a beautifully written memoir of an injured child's inner life, and the moving --even exhilarating --story of the ways in which, after much struggle and with considerable help from others, that injured child living in a foster home grew to become a happy and successful adult. In City of One, an inspiring account of triumph over childhood adversity, a distinguished psychiatrist applies her expertise to her own true story of growing up orphaned.
 

About Francine Cournos

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Cournos is a professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia University and is on the staff of the New York State Psychiatric Institute, where she teaches, conducts research, and runs a community-based mental-health program.
 
Published May 1, 1999 by W. W. Norton & Company. 253 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Professional & Technical, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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This is not the happy ending, however: Surrounded by respectful colleagues, married to a loving, supportive husband, the mother of a vibrant daughter, the adult Cournos suffers a major clinical depression.

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When Cournos was three, her father died suddenly, leaving her pregnant mother with three children to support.

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