The Scar, Paperback / softback Book

The Scar Paperback / softback


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 and attempts to make sense of this pivotal experience.

Weaving together literature and research with details from her long-buried medical records, she writes of her own ordeal and the still-visible scar of a suicide attempt- while considering it as part of a larger history of our understanding of depression.

She investigates the treatments she underwent, from hospitalization and shock therapy to psychotherapy and antidepressants. At once intimate and scholarly, The Scar illuminates a too often stigmatised affliction with compassion and intelligence and offers hope to all those who are still struggling.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Publisher: The Lilliput Press Ltd
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  • Category: Memoirs
  • ISBN: 9781843517603

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