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- DescriptionIn her lyrical memoir The Death of Small Creatures , Trisha Cull lays bare her struggles with bulimia, bipolar disorder and substance abuse. Interspersing snatches of conversations, letters, blog entries and clinical tes with intimate poetic narrative, Cull evokes an accessible experience of mental illness. In the book Cull strives to cope with her hopelessness. She finds comfort in the company of her two pet rabbits until one of them dies as a result of her lethargy. She numbs herself with alcohol. She validates her self-worth by seeking the love of men -- any and all men -- and three relationships significantly impact her life: her marriage to Leigh, a much older man; her unrequited love for Dr P, her therapist; and her healthier relationship with Richard, an American she meets through her blog. She tries drugs -- Neo Citran, Ativan, Wellbutrin, crack, crystal meth -- and after two hospitalisations, she undergoes electroconvulsive therapy. Haunting and expressive, this immersive memoir explores love in all its facets -- needy, obsessive, healthy, self-directed -- and plunges the reader headlong into the intense and immediate experience of mental illness.
- Author BiographyTrisha Cull is a graduate of the University of British Columbias MFA Creative Writing program. Her work has been published in Room of Ones Own, Descant, subTerrain, Geist, The New Quarterly, The Dalhousie Review and PRISM. She was the winner of Lichens Tracking a Serial Poet contest in 2006, PRISMs Communications Award for Literary Non-fiction in 2007, and was also the winner of the 2007 Prairie Fire Bliss Carmen Poetry Award. Cull lives in Victoria, BC.
- Author(s)Trisha Cull
- PublisherNightwood Editions
- Date of Publication01/04/2015
- SubjectAutobiography: General
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintNightwood Editions
- Weight368 g
- Width155 mm
- Height230 mm
- Spine15 mm
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