Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis is a beautiful book--from the cover to the chapter layout--that vacillates between prose and poetry, reality and madness. In this slim lyrical volume a woman who just gave birth reconciles new motherhood and its demands, her own memories of a fractured childhood, and postpartum depression that leads to psychosis. It is wonderfully written; it is trauma made into art. It’s something we should all aspire to.— Samantha Kolber
A lyric exploration of motherhood, mental illness, and familial ties, Sarah C. Townsend’s debut work weaves together personal anecdote, film, music, visual art, and psychology. Setting the Wire is a visceral reflection on the experience of fragmentation as a young psychotherapist and new mother.
About the Author
Sarah C. Townsend is the author of Setting the Wire: A Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis, forthcoming from The Lettered Streets Press in 2019. Her essays have appeared in The Writer in the World and Pitkin Review, and a coauthored paper with Elisabeth Young-Bruehl serves as a chapter in Subject to Biography: Psychoanalysis, Feminism, and Writing Women’s Lives. Sarah received her MFA in creative writing from Goddard College, her Master's in counseling psychology from Northwestern University, and is a graduate of the College of Letters at Wesleyan University. She writes, teaches, and practices psychotherapy in and around Seattle, WA. You can learn more about her at SarahTownsendWriter.com.
"Taut, lyrical, wise writing.” – Claire Dederer, author of Love and Trouble
"Townsend drops us masterfully into a state of mind almost over the edge but never completely." – Theo Pauline Nestor, author of Writing Is My Drink
“This memoir has . . . water and earth. Body and mind. Something like ‘a shard’ between.” – Bhanu Kapil