Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide

Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide

by Linda Gray Sexton


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After the agony of witnessing her mother's multiple—and ultimately successful—suicide attempts, Linda Gray Sexton, daughter of the acclaimed poet Anne Sexton, struggles with an engulfing undertow of depression. Here, with powerful, unsparing prose, Sexton conveys her urgent need to escape the legacy of suicide that consumed her family—a topic rarely explored, even today, in such poignant depth.

Linda Gray Sexton tries multiple times to kill herself—even though as a daughter, sister, wife, and most importantly, a mother, she knows the pain her act would cause. But unlike her mother's story, Linda’s is ultimately one of triumph. Through the help of family, therapy, and medicine, she confronts deep-seated issues and curbs the haunting cycle of suicide she once seemed destined to inherit.

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ISBN-13: 9781582437996
Publisher: Counterpoint Press
Publication date: 01/10/2012
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 766,719
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Linda Gray Sexton is the daughter of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Anne Sexton. She has written four novels, and her first memoir Searching for Mercy Street was published to critical acclaim.

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Half in Love: Surviving the Legacy of Suicide 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
CSheward More than 1 year ago
Linda Gray Sexton's struggle with her family legacy of depression and suicide has been no walk in the park. The daughter of poet Anne Sexton, Linda approaches this subject with bravery and grace. In her earlier memoir, "Searching for Mercy Street", she wrote of her relationship with her mother, whose successful suicide she hoped never to emulate. "Half in Love" traces her subsequent journey including several unsuccessful suicide attempts and the work it took to for her to return from these episodes and reconnect with her world and family. The author risks taking us deep into her thinking as a person wrestling with being bi-polar. She portrays suicide's seductive nature. She explains cutting in a way that makes a certain sense. Her subtle depiction of learning to feel is equally profound as her health improves. Half in Love is a brave, difficult book by a terrific writer. By honestly confronting her illness and the family members who have been hurt by it, Linda Gray Sexton saves her life. By sharing her experience, she offers readers the same opportunity.
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