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IAC Book Club: THE SCAR by Mary Cregan

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Details

FREE. Reservations encouraged.
Date(s)

Wed, May 1, 2019

6:30pm

Contact

Box Office

866-811-4111

info@irishartscenter.org
Location

Irish Arts Center
553 West 51st Street
New York, NY 10019

Overview

IAC Book Club is a casual gathering of literature enthusiasts that meets in our gallery for craic, snacks, and discussions about paperbacks. (Hardcovers, too.) Sometimes the authors even join—look out for our announcements when they do! Led by Rachael Gilkey, director of programming and education, the club is open to everyone, whether or not you’ve finished the book.

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AUTHOR MARY CREGAN JOINS



THE SCAR

"Searingly honest and riveting."— Colm Tóibín

At the age of twenty-seven, married, living in New York, and working in book design, Mary Cregan gives birth to her first child, a daughter she names Anna. But it’s apparent that something is terribly wrong, and two days later, Anna dies—plunging Cregan into suicidal despair.

Decades later, sustained by her work, a second marriage, and a son, Cregan reflects on this pivotal experience and attempts to make sense of it. She weaves together literature and research with details from her own ordeal—and the still visible scar of her suicide attempt—while also considering her life as part of the larger history of our understanding of depression. In fearless, candid prose, Cregan examines her psychotherapy alongside early treatments of melancholia, weighs the benefits of shock treatment against its terrifying pop culture depictions, explores the controversy around antidepressants and how little we know about them—even as she acknowledges that the medication saved her life—and sifts through the history of the hospital where her recovery began.

Perceptive, intimate, and elegantly written, The Scar vividly depicts the pain and ongoing stigma of clinical depression, giving greater insight into its management and offering hope for those who are suffering.



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Support for this program is also provided by the Charles Lawrence Keith & Clara Miller Foundation and Irish Institute.

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