Coming Undone: A Memoir (Hardback)Terri White (author)
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Terri White’s searing memoir describes her years on a tightrope between her projected image of an award-winning editor and the inner reality, darkened by childhood and adolescent trauma.
To everyone else, Terri White appeared to be living the dream, named one of Folio's Top Women in US Media and accruing further awards for the magazines she was editing. In reality, she was rapidly skidding towards a mental health crisis that would land her in a locked psychiatric ward as her past caught up with her.
As well as growing up in a household in poverty, Terri endured sexual and physical abuse at the hands of a number of her mother's partners. Her success defied all expectations, but the greater the disparity between her outer achievements and inner demons, the more she struggled to hold everything together.
Coming Undone is Terri's documentation of her unravelling, and her precarious navigation back from a life in pieces.
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 373 g
Dimensions: 220 x 144 x 26 mm
'A breathtaking read . . . her honesty and her eloquence is the thing that makes it such a privilege to read . . . a raw, shocking, beautiful book' - Dolly Alderton, The High Low
'Coming Undone by Terri White is possibly the most affecting, moving memoir I've ever read. Painful and exquisite, her writing about how childhood trauma shaped her got to me in a very visceral way. It's a remarkable book' - Marian Keyes
'A stunning memoir, hard reading in places, but it feels urgent and necessary . . . There can be beauty in reckoning with our damage on the page; this is White's achievement. The ugliness of what has happened to her has been transformed' - Cathy Rentzenbrink, The Times
'Powerful and moving, beautifully written, packed with stunning set-pieces and, I thought, a stinging-but-dazzling, complicated love-hate letter to NYC, and to how our dreams can too often deceive us. I found it bittersweet and raw, and radical as a memoir narrative: not so much a redemption tale as a chronicle of the real fallout of trauma: messy, difficult, intricate, infinite . . . [A] life-changing read' - Emma Jane Unsworth
'I didn't put it down until finished. White's extraordinary memoir is gripping, unflinchingly honest and written with great wit' - Sali Hughes
'Unique, painful, compelling' - Amy Liptrot
'Rarely does a memoir find such beauty in the worst experiences. Terri's story is as bruising as her instinct to survive and excel is astonishing. This book will stay in my head and my heart' - David Whitehouse
'In anyone else's hands, Coming Undone might be an unbearably harrowing story of trauma and abuse, but Terri White finds a way to craft a compelling and heart-rending story from the pain she has endured for so long. Her exquisite writing drives the story ever onwards, keeping the reader close to her at all times, even when she is lost in the darkest of places. The story of a fragile phoenix dragging itself out from the ashes, this book is visceral and brutal and beautiful and needed' - Lindsey Kelk
'Some stories are so important they demand to be told' - Cosmopolitan
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