ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: While you Were Out An Intimate Family Portrait of Mental Illness in an Era of Silence by Meg Kissinger
Growing up in the 1960s in the suburbs of Chicago, Meg Kissinger’s family
seemed to live a charmed life. With eight kids and two loving parents, the
Kissingers radiated a warm, boisterous energy. Whether they were spending
summer days on the shores of Lake Michigan, barreling down the ski slopes,
or navigating the trials of their Catholic school, the Kissingers always
knew how to live large and play hard.
But behind closed doors, a harsher reality was unfolding—a heavily medicated mother hospitalized for anxiety and depression, a manic father prone to violence, and children in the throes of bipolar disorder and depression, two of whom would take their own lives. Through it all, the Kissingers faced the world with their signature dark humor and the unspoken family rule: never talk about it.
While You Were Out begins as the personal story of one family’s struggles then opens outward, as Kissinger details how childhood tragedy catalyzed a journalism career focused on exposing our country’s flawed mental health care. Combining the intimacy of memoir with the rigor of investigative reporting, the book explores the consequences of shame, the havoc of botched public policy, and the hope offered by new treatment strategies.
Powerful, candid and filled with surprising humor, this is the story of one family’s love and resilience in face of great loss.
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