And Now I Spill the Family Secrets: An Illustrated Memoir

Author(s): Margaret Kimball

Biography, Memoir & Autobiography

In the spirit of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant, Margaret Kimball's AND NOW I SPILL THE FAMILY SECRETS begins in the aftermath of a tragedy. In 1988, when Kimball is only four years old, her mother attempts suicide on Mother's Day-and this becomes one of many things Kimball's family never speaks about. As she searches for answers nearly thirty years later, Kimball embarks on a thrilling visual journey into the secrets her family has kept for decades.

Using old diary entries, hospital records, home videos, and other archives, Margaret pieces together a narrative map of her childhood-her mother's bipolar disorder, her grandmother's institutionalization, and her brother's increasing struggles-in an attempt to understand what no one likes to talk about: the fractures in her family. Both a coming-of-age story about family dysfunction and a reflection on mental health, AND NOW I SPILL THE FAMILY SECRETS is funny, poignant, and deeply inspiring in its portrayal of what drives a family apart and what keeps them together.

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General Fields

  • : 9780063007444
  • : HarperCollins Publishers
  • : HarperCollins - US
  • : July 2021
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Margaret Kimball