And Now I Spill the Family Secrets
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And Now I Spill the Family Secrets

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In 1988, when Kimball is only four years old, her mother attempts suicide on Mother's Day - and this becomes one of many things Kimball's family never speaks about. As she searches for answers nearly thirty years later, Kimball embarks on a thrilling visual journey into the secrets her family has kept for decades. Using old diary entries, hospital records, home videos, and other archives, Margaret pieces together a narrative map of her childhood - her mother's bipolar disorder, her grandmother's institutionalization, and her brother's increasing struggles - in an attempt to understand what no one likes to talk about: the fractures in her family. Both a coming-of-age story about family dysfunction and a reflection on mental health, this book is funny, poignant, and deeply inspiring in its portrayal of what drives a family apart and what keeps them together.


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