All in Her Head: A Novel

All in Her Head: A Novel

by Sunny Mera


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As a young girl growing up in the Midwest, Sunny experiences the shame and stigma of scandal when her father is banned from their church for having an affair with the pastor’s best friend’s wife. As Sunny grows older, she begins to build the life she’s always wanted: she marries, buys a house, enrolls in graduate school, and soon has a baby on the way. But when she experiences the psychological phenomena of orgasmic labor, it triggers a chain of bizarre events, and she gradually descends into a world of delusion and paranoia. As Sunny struggles to separate the real from the unreal, she relies upon friends and family to ground her in truth and love—and keep her from going over the edge into madness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631528187
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Pages: 184
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

I’m a mother who writes and lives in Brooklyn, New York, where I landed by way of New Hampshire. I was inspired to write the book All in Her Head: A Novel after my diagnosis of severe mental illness and my battle with postpartum depression, psychosis, and delusional disorder. I come from a privileged, educated, and stable home; I grew up attending a small, private Christian school that my parents and their friends founded in our attic in Topeka, Kansas. Thankfully, medication is effective for me and I wasn’t criminalized for my illness. On my journey, the thing I needed was more role models to explain how to share. I needed to hear stories of people who told their stories, and see more stories explaining how to teach others to listen. This would have helped so much during my dark days and then during my early days of insight. I’ve spent the last decade writing a narrative I can live with. Now that I’m finished with this story, I can work on what I want: mothering and writing about things that aren’t centered on me. I’m sharing this story with the aspiration that others will share my real hope for building a reality that is a place we want to live.

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All in Her Head: A Novel 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Sunny had a very traumatic experience during childbirth and she feels as though it put her into a depressive state and set off her brain down a very painful path. It is always hard to rate and review a memoir because you know that it is all truth and that the author is telling you about a moment in their own life, so to rate and review is weird. It makes it even weirder when you don't love the book. At the end of the book, she referenced Brain on Fire, which I reviewed here awhile ago and definitely enjoyed. I wished this book had had more of the feel of that one, this one felt too stream of crazy consciousness for me where as Brain on Fire felt more methodical. I couldn't concentrate on the flow of her writing and couldn't enjoy it.
Holly More than 1 year ago
All In Her Head is Sunny Mera's story of dealing with post-partum and paranoia. Sunny deals with her father cheating at a young age and then once she finally thinks she has it all, while giving birth to her daughter, she has a orgasmic labor that changes everything she knows. Sunny starts having delusions about everything including thinking that there are signs everywhere and dealing with doctors that just want to put her on drugs. As the years pass by Sunny realizes that to get better, she is gonna have to give up some things to be happy for herself. I found this book to be interesting that someone can go through something like this and only to have people tell you that you are crazy when you're not. I hope that someone reading this, that is going through the same thing will take something from it and try to show doctors that it's not all in our heads that something is wrong. Thank You to Sunny Mera for telling your story so some people can know that they are not alone. I received this book from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.