Your Voice in My Head

Your Voice in My Head

A Memoir

Book - 2011
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Emma Forrest, a British journalist, was just twenty-two and living the fast life in New York City when she realized that her quirks had gone beyond eccentricity. In a cycle of loneliness, damaging relationships, and destructive behavior, she found herself in the chair of a slim, balding, and effortlessly optimistic psychiatrist—a man whose wisdom and humanity would wrench her from the dangerous tide after she tried to end her life. She was on the brink of drowning, but she was still working, still exploring, still writing, and she had also fallen deeply in love. One day, when Emma called to make an appointment with her psychiatrist, she found no one there. He had died, shockingly, at the age of fifty-three, leaving behind a young family. Reeling from the premature death of a man who had become her anchor after she turned up on his doorstep, she was adrift. And when her all-consuming romantic relationship also fell apart, Emma was forced to cling to the page for survival and regain her footing on her own terms.
A modern-day fairy tale, Your Voice in My Head is a stunning memoir, clear-eyed and shot through with wit. In her unique voice, Emma Forrest explores the highs and lows of love and the heartbreak of loss.

Baker & Taylor
Presents the author's struggle with mental illness in the wake of her psychiatrist's unexpected death.

Publisher: New York : Other Press, 2011
ISBN: 9781590514467
1590514467
Branch Call Number: 362.1968 FORRE FORRE
Characteristics: 215 pages
Notes: "First published in Great Britain in 2011 by Bloomsbury."

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RPLRebecca Sep 03, 2014

A beautifully written memoir about mental health and coming to terms with the death of the author’s well-loved psychiatrist (whose voice she still hears in her head). Forrest writes from a unique perspective as a young, successful writer living in New York who has ties to glamorous Hollywood. While sad at times this book is also full of wit and humour.

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ehm_chen
Nov 16, 2013

A quick read, and partly because it's quite interesting. If you don't already know who the mystery man in the book is, I recommend you DON'T look it up... wait until you're done to find out; I did this (upon recommendations of friends) and it added to the experience. Overall, I was definitely very intrigued, although I can't agree with the reviews that rave about Forrest's writing style. If anything, I found the writing itself so-so, but the events and trying to figure out her mystery man the more fascinating aspects. And Dr. R sounds like he was a terrific person.

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amandareynolds
Jan 29, 2013

Extremely well written, Emma Forrest is very good at what she does. Could not put it down.

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CG265
Dec 11, 2012

One of my favorite reads of 2012. The way Emma writes so candidly about her illness haunts you for months after you’ve finished reading it. I love that she kept certain peoples names out of it; it wasn’t about them it was about her internal struggles. I’ve heard they are in talks to make this in to a movie, I hope they can do it justice.

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chargirl
Jun 18, 2012

Very well-written and plotted (I read it one sitting) - but as for content...I really appreciated the author's candor about thoughts and parts of life that most people would not be brave enough to reveal, but she never succeeded in conveying the experience of her mental illness (which expressed itself in self-destructive behaviors such as degrading sex and cutting). It came across as a surface account of her real feelings and motivations. Also, she makes a big deal about protecting the anonymity of her psychiatrist's (the voice in her head) family - at his widow's request - but provides more than enough information in the book to ID them from a 5 second internet search. Plus, even aside from the author's annoying penchant for irrelevant name-dropping, she remains shallowly vain about her access to entertainment celebrities (read: Colin Farrell). So I came away from the book both sympathetic to and irritated by her. This is obviously a personal reaction and shouldn't dissuade anyone interested in the subjects of psychotherapy, mental illness, or fickle movie stars.

kelshaw Apr 27, 2012

Really enjoyed this book - a great memoir

LaimaA Mar 20, 2012

Well written book, but the subject is a bit self-indulgent (as I'm sure mental illness tends to be). The author has a lovely way with a phrase.

leahpayne Oct 20, 2011

This is such a well-written, tormented story of Forrest's struggle through her mental illness and dealing with loss. It is the first book of hers I read and I'm hooked.

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damation
Sep 12, 2011

Excellent portrayal of mental illness and how it distorts reality and causes life problems.
I am tired of books always using subjects that appear to have money and some stability so that although life is certainly difficult there is always a large sfety net.
Not sure this is real for many who suffer the same illness in large part.
Emma Forrest has done the world a service by describing the illness but I do not believe she lives the tradegy in full.

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ownedbydoxies
Apr 03, 2011

This book has had a lot of press coverage and focuses on the author's struggles with self-mutilation, mania and depression. Ultimately the book, and the author herself, is a bit of a tease. She is constantly referring to extremely well-known writers, playwrights, actors and so forth, and declaring how she socializes or has affairs with them, but then coyly gives them code names. She does however name-drop lots of other celebrities, including Brad Pitt and Leonard Cohen. The book to me seems a bit self-indulgent and 'look at me'. I wouldn't recommend it. But the cover is gorgeous!

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