Panelists for tonight's discussion:
Frances Pass, Bloomfield school system (retired)
Daisy Jacob, M.D.
Achey Jacob, NAMI Farmington Valley
This memoir traces Gayathri's courageous battle with the depression that consumed her from adolescence through marriage and a move to the United States. It was only after the birth of her first child, when her husband discovered her in the backyard "clawing the earth furiously with my bare hands, intent on digging a grave so that I could bury myself alive," that she finally found help. After a stay in a psych ward she eventually found "the light within," an emotional and spiritual awakening from the darkness of her tortured mind.
Gayathri's inspiring story provides a first-of-its-kind cross-cultural view of mental illness--how it is regarded in India and in America, and how she drew on both her rich Hindu heritage and Western medicine to find healing.
Tonight's book discussion is sponsored by the library and NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness has been rescheduled from May 8 to tonight, May 23. Copies of the book are available at Prosser.