Sharp by David Fitzpatrick
A Memoir

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For those who want to understand the inner workings of a self-mutilator, Sharp is an excellent read. For those who are looking for a map to a smoother road to recovery, it might be best to look elsewhere.
-NY Journal of Books

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David Fitzpatrick’s Sharp is an extraordinary memoir—a fascinating, disturbing look into the mind of a man who, in his early 20s, began cutting himself due to a severe mental illness. A beautifully written treatment of a powerful subject, Fitzpatrick—whose symptoms included extreme depression and self-mutilation—writes movingly and honestly about his affliction and inspires readers with his courage, joining the literary ranks of Terri Cheney (Manic), Augusten Burroughs (Running with Scissors), Marya Hornbacher (Wasted), and Susanna Kaysen (Girl, Interrupted).

“A harrowing journey from self-destructive psychosis to a cautious re-emergence into the flickering sunshine of the sane world….Fitzpatrick writes about mental illness with the unsparing intensity of Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton but also with the hard-won self-knowledge of William Styron, Kay Jamison, and other chroniclers of disease, recovery, and management…. A must read, remarkably told.”
—Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much is True

 

About David Fitzpatrick

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David Fitzpatrick was born in Dearborn, Michigan, grew up in Connecticut, graduated from Skidmore College, and earned his MFA degree from Fairfield University in 2011. A writer, he works at an auto dealership and is married to writer and graphic designer Amy Holmes. He lives in Middletown, Connecticut.
 
Published August 21, 2012 by William Morrow. 373 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Karen Winters Schwartz on Mar 09 2015

For those who want to understand the inner workings of a self-mutilator, Sharp is an excellent read. For those who are looking for a map to a smoother road to recovery, it might be best to look elsewhere.

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