Your Voice in My Head by Emma Forrest
A Memoir

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Emma Forrest, a British journalist, was just twenty-two and living the fast life in New York City when she realized that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. In a cycle of loneliness, damaging relationships, and destructive behavior, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding, and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist—a man whose wisdom and humanity would wrench her from the dangerous tide after she tried to end her life. She was on the brink of drowning, but she was still working, still exploring, still writing, and she had also fallen deeply in love. One day, when Emma called to make an appointment with her psychiatrist, she found no one there. He had died, shockingly, at the age of fifty-three, leaving behind a young family. Reeling from the premature death of a man who had become her anchor after she turned up on his doorstep, she was adrift. And when her all-consuming romantic relationship also fell apart, Emma was forced to cling to the page for survival and regain her footing on her own terms.
   A modern-day fairy tale, Your Voice in My Head is a stunning memoir, clear-eyed and shot through with wit. In her unique voice, Emma Forrest explores the highs and lows of love and the heartbreak of loss.
 

About Emma Forrest

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Emma Forrest is a journalist. She lives in New York City.
 
Published May 3, 2011 by Other Press. 225 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Parenting & Relationships, Self Help. Non-fiction

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The author provides plenty of pop-culture references and name-drops like crazy—Heath Ledger, Brad Pitt, Gloria Steinem—but readers are never sure if these people are actually there.

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The New York Times

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A young writer overcomes her self-destructive behavior with the help of a gifted therapist.

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The Guardian

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(Incidentally, although the movie star remains unnamed, two clicks of a mouse will tell you that he was at this time already the father of a young child by someone else – surely a crucial fact which Forrest must have known but, bafflingly, omits to mention.) By now, though, I no longer knew who t...

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Publishers Weekly

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Forrest's memoir of suffering from mania, bulimia, and self-mutilation is written with such candor, humor, and lush, sensual prose it becomes, quite surprisingly, a rich, often riotous, pleasure to listen to.

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ForeWord Reviews

While Your Voice explores the unique relationship between patient and therapist, it is not a “therapy memoir.” Forrest wards off sentimentality and reader-pity by handing readers the hard facts: ” …it took a little while to realize…that my quirks had gone beyond eccentricity…I was cutting my body...

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Metro

When screenwriter Emma Forrest was young, she used to go to the Tate to see Millais’s Pre-Raphaelite painting of the drowned Ophelia, weirdly beautiful as she floated down the river.

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The Paris Review

In “Running Up That Hill” she was ready to “make a deal with God.” I memorized the accompanying dramatic dance moves (to the lay observer they look like Martha Graham, but they’re actually Lindsay Kemp, whose interpretive dance classes Bush spent her original record advance on).

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