Shortly before her thirtieth birthday, Forney was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Flagrantly manic and terrified that medications would cause her to lose creativity, she began a years-long struggle to find mental stability while retaining her passions and creativity.
Searching to make sense of the popular concept of the crazy artist, she finds inspiration from the lives and work of other artists and writers who suffered from mood disorders, including Vincent van Gogh, Georgia O’Keeffe, William Styron, and Sylvia Plath. She also researches the clinical aspects of bipolar disorder, including the strengths and limitations of various treatments and medications, and what studies tell us about the conundrum of attempting to “cure” an otherwise brilliant mind.
Darkly funny and intensely personal, Forney’s memoir provides a visceral glimpse into the effects of a mood disorder on an artist’s work, as she shares her own story through bold black-and-white images and evocative prose.
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Forney has a delightfully clear sense of self, and it's this that makes her book, for all its inherent pain, such a blast.Read Full Review of Marbles: Mania, Depression, M... | See more reviews from Guardian
If you are interested in a disarmingly frank and funny account of the emotional extremes a human mind can reach, you should read this brilliant and strangely life-affirming book.Read Full Review of Marbles: Mania, Depression, M... | See more reviews from Guardian
No matter what she's experiencing, Forney wants you to be there with her. Chances are, if you have even a passing interest in nonfiction comics, psychology or what it means to be creative, you'll want to be there, too.Read Full Review of Marbles: Mania, Depression, M... | See more reviews from NPR
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