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The fragments of my father : a memoir of madness, love and being a carer

Mills, Sam, 1975-2020
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There were holes in Sam Mills's life when she was growing up - times when her dad was just absent, for reasons she didn't understand. As she grew older, she began to make up stories about the periods when he wasn't around: that he'd been abducted, spirited away and held captive by a mysterious tribe who lived at the bottom of the garden. The truth - that he suffers from a rare form of paranoid schizophrenia, and was hospitalised intermittently - slowly came into focus, and that focus became pin-sharp in 2012, when Sam's mother died and Sam was left as his primary carer. In this powerful, pognant memoir Sam triangulates her own experience with the stories of two other carers, one she admires and one, on some days, she fears she might become: Leonard Woolf, husband to Virginia and F. Scott Fitzgerald, husband to Zelda, and a man whose personality made him ill-equipped to be a carer for his troubled wife.
London : 4th Estate, 2020.
400 pages : illustration (black and white) ; 23 cm
Includes bibliographical references.
9780008300586 (hbk)
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