Dear Scarlet

Dear Scarlet

The Story of My Postpartum Depression

Book - 2019
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"In this intimate and moving graphic memoir, Teresa Wong writes and illustrates the story of her struggle with postpartum depression in the form of a letter to her daughter Scarlet. Equal parts heartbreaking and funny, Dear Scarlet perfectly captures the quiet desperation of those suffering from PPD and the profound feelings of inadequacy and loss. As Teresa grapples with her fears and anxieties and grasps at potential remedies, coping mechanisms, and her mother's Chinese elixirs, we come to understand one woman's battle against the cruel dynamics of postpartum depression. Dear Scarlet is a poignant and deeply personal journey through the complexities of new motherhood, offering hope to those affected by PPD, as well as reassurance that they are not alone."--
Publisher: Vancouver, British Columbia : Arsenal Pulp Press, 2019.
ISBN: 9781551527659
1551527650
Characteristics: 117 pages :,illustrations ;,23 cm

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Tammy Yu
Apr 05, 2019

In the first 6 months or so after giving birth, you sometimes feel alone and have little words and even less energy to describe your new life. It's so meaningful to me that Teresa Wong gave words and pictures to describe such a difficult time in her life - a life that so many new moms experience. It's all so familiar as I read through my tears. After, I made my husband read the book and told everyone about it.

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SuzCard
Apr 02, 2019

Written by Calgary's own Teresa Wong!! Teresa writes a vulnerable and poignant description of how she felt before and after giving birth to her first child, while in the midst of and recovering from her postpartum depression. Hers was probably the first "comic book" I read as an adult--I wasn't aware that this was a genre for adults too. It took me a few pages to get used to it, but the pictures and the text quickly drew me in. I was privileged to read an early version, before any publishers were considered or lined up, but I was so moved by the end that I knew it somehow had to be made available to others. Whether you have children or not (I don't), whether you've struggled with depression or not (I have), this book draws us all into the human experience of floundering, struggling, finding strength through new ideas and help from others. It's ultimately a hopeful book, but gives that 'real' kind of hope--the kind that gives a light at the end of the tunnel, but still doing the work of slogging through that dark tunnel. I think this will be the gift of Teresa's book--helping many find hope, even in the midst of very challenging circumstances.

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