Half in Love by Linda Gray Sexton
Surviving the Legacy of Suicide

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After the agony of witnessing her mother’s multiple—and ultimately successful—suicide attempts, Linda Gray Sexton, daughter of the acclaimed poet Anne Sexton, struggles with an engulfing undertow of depression. Here, with powerful, unsparing prose, Sexton conveys her urgent need to escape the legacy of suicide that consumed her family—a topic rarely explored, even today, in such poignant depth.

Linda Gray Sexton tries multiple times to kill herself—even though as a daughter, sister, wife, and most importantly, a mother, she knows the pain her act would cause. But unlike her mother's story, Linda’s is ultimately one of triumph. Through the help of family, therapy, and medicine, she confronts deep-seated issues and curbs the haunting cycle of suicide she once seemed destined to inherit.

About Linda Gray Sexton

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Linda Gray Sexton is the daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton. She has written four novels, and her first memoir, Searching for Mercy Street, was published to widespread acclaim. She lives in California.
Published January 10, 2011 by Counterpoint. 338 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help. Non-fiction

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Having affectingly grappled with the demons that led to her mother’s suicide in Searching for Mercy Street (1994), Sexton takes on her own in this stinging chronicle of a road to three attempted suicides.

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Linda Sexton grew up intellectually privileged — in high school she had private poetry tutorials with her mother’s best friend, Maxine Kumin — but emotionally lost, bound to her glamorous, suffering, overbearing parent in what the first of many psychiatrists called a “destructive symbiosis.” ...

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San Francisco Chronicle

In 1994, when she was 40, Linda Gray Sexton published "Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton."

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Thanks for the comment.…” September 14, 2011 04:55PM Last night I finished reading, “Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide,” a beautifully haunting memoir written by Linda Gray Sexton.

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