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From the author of the best-selling memoir An Unquiet Mind comes the first major book in a quarter century on suicide, and its terrible pull on the young in particular. Night Falls Fast is tragically timely: suicide has become one of the most common killers of Americans between the ages of 15 and 45. 

An internationally acknowledged authority on depressive illnesses, Dr. Jamison has also known suicide firsthand: after years of struggling with manic-depression, she tried at age 28 to kill herself. Weaving together a historical and scientific exploration of the subject with personal essays on individual suicides, she brings not only her remarkable compassion and literary skill but also all of her knowledge and research to bear on this devastating problem. This is a book that helps us to understand the suicidal mind, to recognize and come to the aid of those at risk, and to comprehend the profound effects on those left behind. It is critical listening for parents, educators, and anyone wanting to understand this tragic epidemic.

©2011 Kay Redfield Jamison (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Jamison writes with authority, clarity and clinical reserve. Powerful as her medicine is, her poetic accounting of this dark death is more affecting still." (Baltimore Sun)

"Jamison brings us face to face with the suicidal mind in a manner so intense and penetrating that, paradoxically, the immersion in despair she offers is a source of great pleasure." (The Washington Post Book World)

"This powerful book will change people's lives - and, doubtless, save a few." (Newsday

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  • 05-11-20

Excellence of approach, mastery of writing skills

For the same reasons the book was written it was a bit tough cake for me to eat, yet very early it took me by the hand and let me see a broad and clear picture of all related to this "untold epidemic" of suicide. For anyone attempting to understand oneself more, see through the conspiracy of silence better, or even seeking relief while suffering from suicide of a close one, this is in my consideration the single best book ever written on account of suicide. Across listening I was covered in thrill, cried myself to calm, it brought many moments of deep understanding, myself, others. I am thankful for such a book of wisdom so much.

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