A Mouthful of Air

A Mouthful of Air About the Book The riveting story of a young Manhattan mother s struggle with postpartum depression A Mouthful of Air illuminates the power and complexity of the human mind Elle Magazine called it sm

  • Title: A Mouthful of Air
  • Author: Amy Koppelman
  • ISBN: 9781931561891
  • Page: 370
  • Format: Paperback
  • About the Book The riveting story of a young Manhattan mother s struggle with postpartum depression, A Mouthful of Air illuminates the power and complexity of the human mind Elle Magazine called it smart, and sensitive and The St Petersburg Times declared, Koppelman s prose is as spare and powerful as poetry Now in paperback, this brave, deeply relevant novel willAbout the Book The riveting story of a young Manhattan mother s struggle with postpartum depression, A Mouthful of Air illuminates the power and complexity of the human mind Elle Magazine called it smart, and sensitive and The St Petersburg Times declared, Koppelman s prose is as spare and powerful as poetry Now in paperback, this brave, deeply relevant novel will continue to bring a compassionate and honest voice to a topic too often shrouded in shame About the Author Amy Koppelman is a graduate of Columbia s MFA program Her writing has appeared in The New York Observer and Lilith magazine She lives in New York City with her husband and their two small children A Mouthful of Air is her first novel Praise A Mouthful of Air is a satisfying antidote to the now hackneyed Mothers Struggling and Juggling Babies and Hedge Funds story line Let s hope all this mainstreaming of postpartum will help demystify the illness and de demonize the women who suffer from it The New York Observer Lean, minutely detailed and frighteningly convincing Koppelman skillfully builds suspense as Julie battles her demons, conjuring up an airless, oppressively stifling world Publishers Weekly

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    1. A dark, dark look at the bleak outlook of a young mother after having her first child. After reading Koppelman's other book (which is just as dark), I immediately bought this one and started reading. I appreciate her bravery in facing the darkness that lives inside some people that others never experience or can't understand. I look forward to more from the author! (But if you're a young mother who can't handle bad things happening, I suggest you don't read it. This book is not for everyone.)

    2. A brilliantly written but very dark account of post-partum depression as seen through the eyes of new mother Julie Davis. The book begins after a failed suicide attempt, and Julie trying to pick up the pieces and cope with her baby, husband and life in general. The book builds with some twists and turns until the final page. A great read that gives you an inside look at post-partum depression as the author herself suffered from it. But beware it is not a happy story

    3. Another great story by Amy! Another story that haunts you long after you've finished the book. While reading the final pages I had to put the book down because I couldn't see the words through my tears. This book will remain in my library so that I can go back and read it again, much like her book I Smile Back.

    4. One of the most depressing novels I've ever read. Amy Koppelman writes of a young mother's struggle with depression in such a heartrendingly poetic and shattered way, making it difficult to put the book down.

    5. I had mixed feeling about this book. It was often uncomfortable to read, but it also touched upon a lot of feelings (fear, worry, paranoia) that I think are universal to new mothers--even those who have not experienced clinical post-partum depression. It is not a book of survival, or the amazing resiliency of the human spirit, but rather of how people respond differently to the same situation, and how some things are simply out of our hands.

    6. Dark. I found myself flinching while reading it even though I knew what was coming. Young mother (26) living in NYC (across from Central Park) dealing with depression and also trying to parent her young son. Has some demons from her past involving her father who split from the family.

    7. The story of a your mother suffering from depression and her effort to fit in but she hides what truly is wrong with her and thus cannot get the help she seeks. Dark story with a tragic ending that you can guess will happen.

    8. "A Mouthful of Air" tells the story of Julie, a 26 year-old mom of a soon-to-be 1 year-old boy named Teddy. They live with her husband, who is Teddy's dad, Ethan. When the book begins, Julie has just arrived home from a mental facility after attempting suicide due to a severe form of Postpartum Depression, and she is desperately trying to get accustomed to living a normal life again. But when she returns, she finds herself feeling like a stranger in her own home. The live-in housekeeper and care [...]

    9. Terrible! The message I got from the book was a stern warning/commercial for pharmaceuticals: "Don't dare question a dependence on Big Pharma, or you'll kill yourself and your kids too." And she chose this plot, rather than redemption, because it's "reality"? So is a constipated pig bursting out with some pigshit--somewhere that's probably happening--but I don't want to be in its path. And I don't want to read about it.Honestly, this book makes the stigma of postpartum depression worse. I'd be a [...]

    10. This was a really disappointing story, tedious and self-centered. As a woman with depression I know how tedious and self-centered we can be, but this didn't really touch any of the feelings or lack thereof that I associate with depression. I'm sure postpartum depression is different, but this still felt more like Julie was whining about how every woman in the world is prettier than her, and how her father left her, so that means her husband's obviously going to leave. By the way, the relationshi [...]

    11. Gnarly. This was well-written and I read it quickly, despite not liking or empathizing with any of the characters. It was like being on a date with someone who cooks you a great meal but you know you're not going to hook up, or ever see them again. That whole shallow New York rich person thingjust not my favorite milieu. And the protagonist (?) being an over-the-top parody of femininity was hard to relate to (eating disordered, humorless, looks-obsessed, her actual cute nickname with her husband [...]

    12. From the start of the book I was drawn in by my curiosity and inability to fathom that a mother could try to take her own life after giving birth. What mother would do that? What mother would leave her child without ever knowing her especially after bringing to this world? The book didn't really depress me but it gave insight into how mental illness can be brought on not by genetics but by circumstance.I recommend this book because even if it is a sad story I am sure it is more true to life than [...]

    13. I have 3 little ones. 7,4 and 2. This book is precisely why I take my meds, see my therapist Take my self care days. Motherhood for some is overwhelming. Awaking a beast that has been waiting a lifetime to burst forth. My mind is my own worst enemy. Thank you God for therapy, meds, my husband and My friends.

    14. It all begins way back, from her early childhood and a sick relationship she had and has with her father. She really has issues. Nicely written, considering the chances you have to succeed in portraying a really screwed woman's stream of thought.Don't like the ending, but I also know that there was no other way. I guess that's what happens in real life too.

    15. It felt like I was reading some sort of diary. A journal of a married woman who has too many issues, issues with her past and issues with her present. With those issues, you'll sense insecurities and fears, and discontentment. I wasn't that much sure if she was able to overcome those matters by the end, but I saw her improvement as the story progresses.

    16. I wanted to dislike this book because the writing style is not my favorite. One of those free-form, loosely woven stories that you don't catch half of what they mean. But, that may have been the point and I liked it in spite of myself. Perhaps for its relevancy.

    17. dark, disturbing. However, it was very well written and moved very quickly. I knew the story was leading up to something big and couldn't put the book down. But it was dark and very disturbing and I do not recommend it for everyone.

    18. Beautifully, sparsely written, dark. Amy Koppelman's writing is almost like poetry, and although you're unlikely to identify completely with the main character, through the words on those pages you feel her pull. I could not put it down.

    19. The narration was choppy and awkward. I felt sometimes that the author was trying too hard to communicate the main character's emotional state. The ending was abrupt and painful to read.

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