The Belle Jar

My little book that I’ve been working on for the last few months, My Heart Is An Autumn Garage, came out today. It’s a short memoir about the breakdown I had in 2003 and my subsequent hospitalization. You can find it here on the publisher’s website or here on Amazon. I am still kind of overwhelmed with Feelings about this, so I’m not sure what else to say.

Below a short excerpt that’ll hopefully explain the book better than I can right now. It takes place shortly after I agreed to sign myself in voluntarily to the psychiatric unit.

Almost as soon as I passed the papers back to the nurse, a hospital commissionaire came to escort me to the psychiatric short stay unit. It was a long walk, to a separate part of the hospital called the Abbie J. Lane building. The name seemed like a funny combination of…

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