Perhaps no one but Kay Redfield Jamison who combines the acute perceptions of a psychologist with writerly elegance and passion could bring such a delicate touch to the subject of losing a spouse to cancer. In spare and at times strikingly lyrical prose, Jamison looks back at her relationship with her husband, Richard Wyatt, a renowned scientist who battled severe dyslexia to become one of the foremost experts on schizophrenia. And with characteristic honesty, she describes his slow surrender to cancer, her own struggle with overpowering grief, and her efforts to distinguish grief from depression.
Jamison also recalls the joy that Richard brought her during the nearly twenty years they had together. Wryly humorous anecdotes mingle with bittersweet memories of a relationship that was passionate and loving if troubled on occasion by her manic depression as Jamison reveals the ways in which Richard taught her to live fully through his courage and grace.
A penetrating study of grief viewed from deep inside the experience itself, "Nothing Was the Same" is also a deeply moving memoir by a superb writer.
About the Author
Kay Redfield Jamison is Professor of Psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as well as Honorary Professor of English at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. She is the author of the national best sellers "An Unquiet Mind: A Memoir of Moods and Madness," "Night Falls Fast: Understanding Suicide, "and" Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament. "She is coauthor of the standard medical text on manic-depressive illness and author or coauthor of more than one hundred scientific papers about mood disorders, creativity, and psychopharmacology. Dr. Jamison, the recipient of numerous national and international scientific awards, was distinguished lecturer at Harvard University in 2002 and the Litchfield lecturer at the University of Oxford in 2003. She is a John P. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow.
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"Raudman's narration is full of wistfulness as she delivers Jamison's memoir recounting the illness and death of her husband." ---AudioFile